Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum: Students Protest Education Reform

olice in riot gear clash with students during a protest against the government-proposed education reforms which are being discussed in the Italian Parliament, in Florence, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. Thousands of students across Italy have occupied university buildings, bridges and piazzas to protest education cuts and reforms being debated by Parliament. According to reports, one student was injured. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Rome's Colosseum have been claimed by Italian students protesting the government's proposed education cuts and university reforms, sources said Thursday.

A crowd of 2,000 swarmed the northern Italian town of Pisa and formed a human chain around the town's famous tower, a major tourist attraction.

At the Colosseum in Rome, students marched around the ancient monument carrying banners that said "No profits off our future," The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The proposed education reforms will potentially do away with some areas of study. Universities struggling financially will be forced to close.

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