People Power! More than 100,000 protest against austerity plans in Italy: "More than 100,000 demonstrators joined members of Italy's largest labor union to protest against the austerity plans proposed by the government. The Saturday demonstrations against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right government were organized by the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL).
Protesters, including union members and students, carried flags and red balloons and shouted anti-government slogans. They were angry with job losses across the country and a weak economy. The march's official slogan read, 'The future belongs to the young and employment -- no rights, no democracy,' AFP reported.
CGIL Secretary Susanna Camusso said, 'This country has no future if the government does not start doing [sic] different policies for labor and improves their (students') chances of studying and of finding a job afterwards.'
'After two years of endless crisis and rising unemployment, everyone can see that this country lacks a plan for the future,' she added."