The Italian Cabinet has been holding emergency meetings to decide how to deal with the latest ultimatum from the kidnappers of former Premier Aldo Moro.
GV: Christian Democrat headquarters. (3 SHOTS)
MV: Entrance to building. (2 SHOTS)
CU PAN DOWN: Newspaper placards.
GV: Christian Democrat building PAN DOWN TO English language newspaper with Moro headlines.
GV ZOOM IN: Moro home.
GV: Newsmen outside Moro home.
SV: Moro apartment. (3 SHOTS)
GV: Flowers on spot where Moro's bodyguards shot.
SV: Christian Democrat emblem PAN TO more flowers.
GV PAN: Street PAN TO flowers.
CU: Woman makes Sign of Cross in front of flowers PAN TO more flowers.
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Background: The Italian Cabinet has been holding emergency meetings to decide how to deal with the latest ultimatum from the kidnappers of former Premier Aldo Moro. The Red Brigades Urban guerrillas who abducted Mr. Moro on March the 16th, threatened to kill him if the Government had not freed Communist prisoners by 3 O'clock GMT on Saturday afternoon (22 April).
SYNOPSIS: Christian Democrats themselves went into emergency meetings for five hours on Friday after the ruling party secretary had received a letter from the former Prime Minister. What that letter said has not been revealed. All that has been said is that the letter was delivered to the party secretary and had been handed over to the police. The existence of the letter was only revealed after the party's crisis meeting...it provided additional evidence that Mr. Moro was in fact still alive ...evidence badly needed in light of report that he had already been executed.
The Red Brigades said that report was untrue...and they gave newsmen a photograph of Aldo Moro reading a newspaper carrying the account of his own reported execution.
The Italian Government seems to be split over what action it should take, and at Mr Moro's home, an apartment not far from the centre of Rome, his family now want some action. They've urged the ruling Christian Democrats to take a "realistic attitude" in trying to arrange his release.
Meanwhile, as anxiety about the fate of Mr Moro mounts, there has been a revival of interest in the impromptu shrine which appeared on the spot where Mr Moro was kidnapped and his bodyguards killed. More flowers have been appearing there...and daily now...people come there to pray.