A general strike by millions of workers in the CGIL union federation against Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right wing government on Friday of last week was a big success.
Over a million people protested in 100 towns and cities – with 200,000 demonstrating in Bologna and 80,000 in Milan.
In many workplaces, members of the other union federations joined the strike.
There was also massive involvement by the student movement, which has been protesting against educational “reform” for three months.
The movement has forced Berlusconi to retreat, cancelling some education “reforms” and delaying others.
Students in Milan dedicated their march to Alexandros Grigoropoulos, the Greek student killed by police in Athens on 6 December.