The clashes happened outside the Lombardy
regional government offices.
Protesters threw red dye into a public fountain
in Milan close to the regional government's
offices as a symbol of "bleeding public
The angry protests followed earlier
demonstrations in Rome but also in the north
in Turin and Palermo in the south.
The Italian students demanded greater
investment in education and opposed cutbacks
in the 2014 budget.
Even though the Italian government has
already passed a number of austerity
measures, the European Commission warned
that Italy's draft budget still may not comply
with new debt and deficit rules.
The Italian government is under pressure from
creditors to cut its spending even further and
the parliament is considering a "stability law"
that will cut public services significantly. Along
with protests about cuts to the education
budget made by the government, the students
are also complaining about high tuition fees.