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Protests against cuts to education

Several thousand students and teachers have marched through central Rome to protest against austerity measures that have cut into education spending.

Prime Minister Mario Monti, appointed a year ago when Italy came close to a Greek-style debt crisis, has pushed through painful tax hikes and spending cuts to try to rein in public finances at a time when schools and universities say they desperately need more support.

Several other protests took place in Rome, including a rally organised by a far-right group as well as an anti-fascist march.

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