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Ukraine: Palermo school director denies debate, protests

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At Pio La Torre students do not enter the classroom and Ps intervenes

(ANSA) – PALERMO, APRIL 05 – This morning the students of the state higher education institute Pio La Torre, in via Nina Siciliana, in Palermo, refused to enter the classroom, gathering in the external courtyard of the school.
They are in an educational block because in the previous days the autonomous collective had asked the Dean for the possibility of holding a debate on the war in Ukraine in the presence.
Space that was denied with the manager’s request to carry out the moment of confrontation within the individual classes or during the school assembly, which however takes place electronically.
The manager – say the students – said that the initiative was denied because there is a risk that during the debate “partisan” political points of view will emerge.
The protest began this morning.

Initially, the manager seemed willing to retract, only to ask for the intervention of the Digos to disperse the boys, the students say.
«What happened this morning at our school is very serious – says Flavio La Bruna, spokesman for the Autonomous Collective Pio La Torre – Faced with the legitimate requests of the students, the school responds with the police.
What is happening in Ukraine has caught everyone’s attention, and of course we students as well.

We want to talk about it, discuss it with each other, with the help of teachers and experts, to be able to better orient ourselves and develop our own point of view on war.
We want to do it within the school, because for us training does not only involve the study of history, geometry and other ordinary subjects.
The school has a value if it also manages to provide students with tools to understand and criticize what is happening around us ».
The arrival of the police, however, did not interrupt the protest that continues, the students say, until a circular is published certifying the authorization to carry out the debate in person.