Pro-Palestine demonstrations in Florence and Pisa, protesters charged

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Pro-Palestine demonstrations in Florence and Pisa, protesters charged

Police charges at the pro-Palestine demonstration today in Florence and Pisa . In Florence it happened when the protesters tried to reach the American consulate. The procession, made up of grassroots unions, students and the Palestinian community, started from Piazza Santissima Annunziata to reach, parading through the centre, Piazza Ognissanti and then continued along the Arno river towards the consulate. A few dozen meters away there was a police barrier and when the demonstrators tried to advance, some lightening charges were fired. The procession then returned to Piazza Ognissanti for the final speeches.

“We are deeply disturbed by what happened today in Pisa and Florence and we express our solidarity and closeness to the students. As citizens, parents, university presidents, we believe that the use of violence is unacceptable in the face of the peaceful manifestation of ideas “. Thus in a note Luigi Ambrosio, director of the Scuola Normale Superiore and Sabina Nuti, rector of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna regarding what happened this morning in the two Tuscan cities during pro-Palestine marches, with the demonstrators charged by the police.

The commitment of the Department of Public Security “has always been aimed at guaranteeing the maximum exercise of freedom of demonstration and at the same time ensuring the necessary protection of sensitive objectives present on the national territory”. The Department states this by underlining that the clashes in Florence and Pisa with the demonstrators “bring to light the operational difficulties of managing, during public order services, possible moments of tension caused by failure to comply with the provisions adopted by the Authority or by lack of advance warning or sharing of the initiative by the organizers”.

The episodes of clashes that occurred during the demonstrations in Florence and Pisa “will constitute, as always, a moment of reflection and verification on the organizational and operational aspects connected to the numerous and diversified types of initiatives, which determine the daily use of thousands of operators of the forces of the 'order”. This was announced by the Department of Public Safety.

Teachers and students in Pisa shocked by charges in front of school

“We are disconcerted by what happened in via San Frediano, in front of our school where students, mostly minors, were beaten without reason, because the procession calling for a ceasefire in Palestine, absolutely peaceful, who knows why, should not have parade in Piazza Cavalieri”. Thus in an open letter a group of 11 teachers from the 'Russoli' artistic high school in Pisa regarding the charges of the police force this morning in the city of Torre against the high school students who were demonstrating for Palestine. “Right in front of the entrance to our high school, they first started a charge and then two more against those young people with their hands raised. We don't know if strong words, even out of place, of indignation and disdain were flown, the fact remains that, without even dealing with the students or trying to dialogue, we witnessed scenes of unprecedented violence. As educators we are shocked: we believe that someone must answer for the unprecedented and unjustifiable violence to which the students were subjected.”

“We started from Piazza Dante where we had gathered to take a walk around the city but after a few tens of meters we found the police barrage which then charged an absolutely peaceful demonstration, but determined to move forward to bring solidarity to the people Palestinian”. This was reported by a student who took part in this morning's Pro Palestina demonstration in Pisa where the police charged the students to prevent them from accessing Piazza dei Cavalieri. “All complicity on the part of our Government and educational institutions with the genocide taking place in Palestine must cease – he added. The University of Pisa must block any agreement with Israel and with the Israeli companies that produce the weapons used in Palestine” .

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