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Friday, December 10, 2010

Torino student protests remind me of Antonioni's Blow-Up

30th of November, my last day in Torino. It was an eventful day, so I'll need perhaps 3 blog entries to cover them all.

The morning was seemed uneventful, we were in a bus, heading to the Auditorium of the last pitching session.

We were about to reach the place until we got into the way of a huge group of protesting students. (they were protesting against the government-proposed education reforms where the private sector's given a lot more involvement in the state university system, it was a nationwide protest. There were protests in London too. More details here)

Bus blocked by student protest


So we got off the bus and had to walk past the protesters.

Student protest in Torino


Major student protest in Torino

Then, there were a group of clowns.

Clowns protesting

Clowns in student protest

Clowns in student protest 2

I watched them in action.


Having not seen that many protests of this sort, I felt excited, they reminded me of the mime troup in Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOW-UP. Hell, everything just seemed like the opening of that film, and I was in it. Nice.

BLOW-UP trailer