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A viral footage of pro-Palestinian schoolchildren being beaten by police has drawn condemnations in Italy, with the opposition calling for the interior minister to address the issue in the parliament.

The video shows armored and geared police officers dispersing the students out of an alley in Pisa and unleashing horrific baton charging over unarmed school-aged students, many of whom were minors, sources said.

According to reports, the students had gathered to organize a peaceful protest against Israel and demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. They were on their way to central locations in the Tuscan cities of Pisa and Florence.

“Is this how you beat your own children,” one young woman was heard shouting.

The teachers at Pisa’s Russoli High School, situated near the alley where the “beatings” took place, eye-witnessed the incident and said that they were “stunned” at how the authorities treated the young kids.

“We have witnessed scenes of shocking violence with the police not even negotiating with the students or trying to talk to them,” teachers wrote in an open letter posted on social media.

“We found boys and girls from our classes trembling and shocked … from the beatings they received,” the teachers said in a statement, demanding that someone be held responsible for the “shameful day.”

The demonstrators in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, intended to hold a protest outside the US consulate but law enforcement authorities stopped them at a central square in the city of the Leaning Tower, leading to confrontations and casualties.

In a video published by Italian news agency ANSA, a student said that many of the participating students sustained head injuries.

Elly Schlein, the leader of the center-left Democratic Party, posted on a social media platform, the video of the “unacceptable” scenes of “students trapped in an alleyway, charged and beaten by the police.”

“Under Italy’s neo-fascist government, a peaceful protest demanding a ceasefire in Gaza unleashed horrific police violence against a group of students, many of whom are minors,” she wrote.

Schlein further blamed prime minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government for the atmosphere Italy is witnessing.