Associazione Piazza San Marco
November 26, 2010

The piazza as a stage

Just after 3 o’clock, a group of about 50 students occupied the porch of the Basilica of Saint Marco and unrolled a banner protesting against the University Reforms proposed by the Minister of Education , Gelmini. “This demonstrates how the piazza can be used as an enormous stage for demonstrations”, commented Alberto Nardi, President of the Association of Saint Mark’s but this was a stage without meaning. The piazza was empty and there were no citizens. The piazza was being used as a media set at the request of the national newspapers. We, instead, are battling for the piazza to become less of a stage and more a place of meeting and discussion.