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Italian students protest with flowers

by webdev

December 22, 2010

Students in Rome handed out flowers as part of their protest of a university reform bill on Wednesday in a rare moment of peace during tumultuous controversy.

According to, the change of demeanor was an attempt on the students' part to ease any anxiety over a repeat of the December 14 protests, when "Rome saw some of the worst rioting in decades." The uprisings came after the Italian Senate passed a controversial education and university funding reform bill. Police in Rome reportedly set up a buffer protection zone around the city center and parliamentary buildings, the news source reports.

Flowers have historically played a role in other protests, including the iconic image during the Vietnam War era of a girl placing a flower inside the barrel of a soldier's rifle.

For your own peace offering, you may want to buy flowers online including flowers which are known to symbolize good will. Cattails symbolize peace and prosperity, according to, though white flowers in general are known to convey a peaceful sentiment in Western culture, reports

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