The Italian Communist Party held a rally in Rome on Wednesday (5 March) to protest at continued terrorist violence in the country.
CU Parliamentary leader Communist Party Enrico Berlinguer PULL OUT TO SV Talking toe party official in Rome, Italy
SV Party officials seated at conference tables (2 shots)
SV PULL OUT TO GV, Berlinguer seated at conference table
SV PAN Party officials listening to National Secretary Adalberto Minucci speaking at rally in Piazza Esedra (3 shots)
SV Crowds listening to Regional Committee Secretary Maurizio Ferrara (3 shots)
NOTE TO EDITOR: PLEASE REFER TO PRODUCTION NO. 1138/80, SPECIAL REPORT, ITALY - A DECADE OF URBAN GUERRILLA VIOLENCE
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Background: The Italian Communist Party held a rally in Rome on Wednesday (5 March) to protest at continued terrorist violence in the country. The level of terrorist attacks in Italy has made the country the urban guerrilla centre of Europe and the situation is causing concern to the Communists.
SYNOPSIS: Communist Party Chief, Enrico Berlinguer, is aware that any hope his party has of sharing power with Italy's long-ruling Christian Democrats hinges on his party being able to cultivate a moderate image. So far, the Christian Democrats have said "no" to government with the Communists but in recent weeks Mr Berlinguer has both strongly attacked the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, and supported tough action on Italy's internal security problems. National security problems. National Party Secretary, Adalberto Minucci, was backed at this rally in Rome by thousands of Communist Party supporters as he condemned Italian terrorists, many of whom also claim to be ideological Communists. Communist Deputies in the Italian Parliament last month voted with the government on an anti-terrorist decree which allows suspects to be detained for up to twelve years without trial.
The anti-terrorist message was also backed at the Rome rally by Regional Committee Secretary, Maurizio Ferrara.
Only the small Radical Party argued, during the parliamentary debate that the anti-terrorist decree was an attack on civil liberties and when they did, the Communist deputies in the chamber chanted "scoundrels, scoundrels". In the seven weeks of the debate guerrillas killed ten people and wounded another twenty-four. Political observers in Italy are convinced that there is a link between Communist support for the measures and their desire to enter the government.