With just over a week to go before voters go to the polls in the Italian general elections, the Italian Communist Party held a rally in Genoa on Friday (28 April).
With just over a week to go before voters go to the polls in the Italian general elections, the Italian Communist Party held a rally in Genoa on Friday (28 April). Party Secretary Enrico Berlingueur told a crowd of some 6,000 in the strongly communist area that there was a need for what he called "democratic vigilance" against provocations which could come from anti-communist political forces.
Sr. Serlingueur said that the Italian Communist Party was the most solid guarantee the country could have against a fascist-style regime. He than attacked the Christian Democrats, Italy's biggest political party, and its leaders for denouncing both communists and fascists on the same level.
The Party Secretary claimed that after 25 years of power in various coalitions, the Christian Democrats had brought Italy to its present position of political and economic unbalance.
Sr. Berlingueur said that the demands for economic freedom which came from various classes in society are all directed to the left and the accused the Christian Democrats of being narrow-minded towards the people's problems.
In his speech, the Party Secretary urged support for the people of Vietnam against what he called "American imperialism". He said he'd been to the paris peace talks to give the Italian Communist Party's support to the Hanoi delegation.
Sr. Berlingueur said that the communists weren't putting all their emphasis upon the present elections, but were content to wait for a strong and clear majority. Until a strong socialist alliance could be formed, the communists would remain an opposition force.
Although there is doubt in which direction the country's 37 million voters will go in choosing among the 21 political parties and groups in the race, it's reported that the general trend appears to be a shift to the right after the persistent street violence, labour strife and political instability of the last few years.