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Italian police use force against pro-Palestine disputes

A pro-Palestine student protest demanding an end to the genocide in Gaza was brutally dispersed by Italian police in the city of Pisa. The police beatings of the protesters were caught on camera while it is reported that some teen students were arrested. The Italian community condemned the brutality of the police demanding the Italian minister of interior identify and hold the officers who have done the beatings accountable. Protests continued in Pisa and Milano supporting Palestine, demanding an end to the genocide and an immediate ceasefire.

February 23, 2024 at 5:40 pm

Police in two central Italian cities, on Friday, used force against prosecutors, mostly students, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

Italian police used force to disperse prosecutors who were on their way to central locations in the Tuscan cities of Pisa and Florence.

The investigators in Florence, Tuscany’s capital, wanted to stage a protest in front of the US consulate, but police intercepted them at a central square in the city of the Leaning Tower, resulting in clashes and injuries.

Footage aired by Italian media showed that the police began hitting the youngsters with truncheons as they tried to force the blockade and proceed to their intended destinations.

In a video released by Italian news agency, ANSA, a student claims that some prosecutors were injured on their heads.

Teachers were outraged by the clashes, which occurred near a high school building in Pisa.

“We have witnessed scenes of shocking violence with the police not even negotiating with the students or trying to talk to them,” teachers wrote in an open letter posted on social media.

The teachers also claimed that the students in Pisa were charged by police while standing in front of them with their arms raised.

“Once again, people protesting against the ongoing massacre in Gaza were hit by police,” Giuseppe Conte, the leader of the opposition party Five Star Movement, said on X, posting footage of the clashes in Pisa.

“These are worrying images, not worthy of our country. This cannot be the response of our State to dissent,” he added.

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