Protests Rage on in Rome, London

Not a good day to be a tourist in Europe...
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Protests Rage on in Rome, London
Students block the highway in Bologna, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, as they protest against the government-proposed education reforms.   (AP Photo/Gianfilippo Oggioni)

Now is not the time to be embarking on your dream trip to Italy ... or England. Both countries are weathering yet another day of student protests. In Rome, police vans and rows of riot-gear-clad officers barricaded access to the city's historic center in an attempt to keep students away from Parliament, where lawmakers will vote today on a contested university reform bill. Similar protests snarled Milan, Turin, Naples, and Venice, reports the AP. In Genoa, students protested under the slogan "they block our future, we block the cities."

In London, British students protested for a third day, railing against the decision to triple university tuition fees to $14,000. Rows of police officers lined up near the Houses of Parliament, blocking a group of several hundred demonstrators who tried to approach. (More protests stories.)

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