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Protests in Italy as Monti to unveil crisis plan
As Italian Premier Monti prepares to unveil crisis strategy, protests and strikes break out
By The Associated Press

ROME (AP) ' Students clashed with police in protests across Italy against budget cuts, while transport strikes idled buses and trains, as Italian Premier Mario Monti prepared to unveil his anti-crisis strategy.

Police in riot gear scuffled with students in Milan, where they hoped to march to Bocconi University, which forms Italy's business elite. Monti, an economist, is Bocconi's president.

In Palermo, Sicily, demonstrators hurled eggs and smoke bombs at a bank, and protesters threw rocks at police, the Italian news agency ANSA said.



In Rome, hundreds of students gathered outside Sapienza University, while others assembled near the main train station. They planned to march to the Senate, where Monti was scheduled to speak ahead of an evening confidence vote on the new government.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ROME (AP) ' University students are protesting in Milan and Rome against budget cuts and a lack of jobs, hours before new Italian Premier Mario Monti reveals his anti-crisis strategy in Parliament.

Across Italy, transport unions called all-day walkouts or strikes of several hours Thursday to demand better work contracts.

Scuffles among students were reported at the start of the demonstration in Milan, where they hoped to march to Bocconi University, which trains Italy's business elite. Monti, an economist, is Bocconi's president.

Rome protesters planned to march to the Senate, where Monti is scheduled to speak in the afternoon ahead of a confidence vote on the government he formed on Wednesday.

A transit strike idled the subway and many buses in Rome. Alitalia warned of flight delays.


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