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WE WON'T PAY FOR YOUR CRISIS!

 

For a number of weeks in Italy system - from universities to elementary schools - has been

uprising. Marches, occupations, demonstrations, pickets and

blockages of the metropolitan flow have replaced the dreary rhythm

of school timetables.

The protests are against the new budget implemented by

Berlusconi's government last summer, which seriously cuts down on

public funding of education. This is the outcome of a 10 year

period of crisis of the education system in Italy, when

Berlusconi's Right and Prodi's Left alike treated education as a

cost rather than an investment.

The closure of many universities, precariousness and the dismissal

of thousands of new teachers and researchers: Berlusconi's

government wants the university to pay to save itself from the

crisis of banks and private corporations.

This movement gives us a chance to open up a new Europe-wide

discussion on education today. From the struggles in Greece to the

anti-CPE protests in France, the movement of the Anomalous Wave

sweeps through Europe. What this means is that education and the

Bologna process must start afresh on the basis of these struggles,

turning education into the field of their circulation and

connection, and Europe into its political domain of growth and

enlargement.

Today we are here in support of this large and strong

movement of students, researchers and teachers - the so-called

Anomalous Wave.

Today we are here because the 7th of November is the day of

action in Italy.

Today we are here and another communicative action is running

in Barcelona.

Today we are here to multiply the Anomalous Waves and get

ready for the Sea Storm.

 

Today we are here building up the counter-Bologna process,

that is to say, the European space of the free circulation of

knowledge, of the social cooperation, of the self-education, of

the autonomy of the movements.

 

Today we are here because the European students and precarious

are still rioting.

Today we are here to say we won't pay for your crisis!

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Taken on October 22, 2008