• Short Summary

    The campaign for next month's divorce referendum in Italy grew even more intense on Sunday (21 April) when Christian Democrat Party Secretary, Senator Amintore Fanfani, addressed a large anti-divorce rally in Rome's Piazza del popolo.

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    The campaign for next month's divorce referendum in Italy grew even more intense on Sunday (21 April) when Christian Democrat Party Secretary, Senator Amintore Fanfani, addressed a large anti-divorce rally in Rome's Piazza del popolo.

    The campaign for (and against) Italy's three-year-old divorce laws actually began a month ago, and -- as many politicians feared -- the coming referendum is proving to be extremely divisive for Italy.

    Senator Fanfani's speech at the rally was the latest in a series of increasingly-bitter interventions by leading politicians in the campaign. Many observers believe that the governing coalition in Italy, of which the Christian Democrats are the principal partners, may not survive the turmoil that could follow the divorce vote.

    Senator Fanfani is believed to be one of the strongest forces behind the call for the reddendum, basing his claims for the abolition of divorce on the inviolability of the family and a healthy society with stable children. However, the majority of political parties have taken the opposite lien to the Senator and his Christian Democrats and are supporting the old divorce laws.

    The Vatican has strongly attacked catholics who have announced they intend to vote in favour of divorce next month. There were more than 66,000 divorces in Italy since the country's controversial divorce laws were brought in three years ago.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4D8AKDBG1WCKNTAS5LL69CIY9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4D8AKDBG1WCKNTAS5LL69CIY9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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