A wave of student demonstrations and occupations has swept through Italian cities, including in Rome, against the government’s plans to increase privatisation of higher education.
Claudia Lo Presti, from the University of Rome, was sent by her university branch of the left Rifondazione Comunista party to Britain to speak at Respect meetings.
Claudia told Socialist Worker, “There was a national meeting last Sunday of all the occupied faculties, and also the other faculties which are holding marches but have not yet gone into occupation.
“The occupations aren’t permanent—they come and go a bit.
“We’re drawing up a platform of demands about how we want universities to change. Sympathetic lecturers have also taught alternative classes.
“We are very movement orienatated and interested in the movement across Europe.”
Interview by Tom Behan