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Rebel pupils occupy Italian schools in anti-cuts protest


Barricades blocked the entrances to dozens of occupied schools in Rome this week where teens armed with paintbrushes and mops have been protesting over budget cuts by cleaning up the classrooms themselves.

At the Tasso high school, sleeping bags and last night's supper were cleared away at dawn as a group of pupils in hoodies scrubbed mould and graffiti off the bathroom walls, while at the nearby Righi school others replastered a room.

"We can't put up with the situation any longer," said 18-year-old Alessandro Spaggiari, as his friends whipped up fresh batches of plaster in the bathrooms.

"We don't have th...