• Short Summary

    An estimated 100,000 supporters of Italy's Communist party gathered in Rome on Tuesday (17 June) to celebrate the Party's biggest election victory since the Second World War.

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    1.
    SCU PAN Chanting demonstrators march with banners
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    2.
    GV Demonstrators assembling in square
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    3.
    SCU Communist Party Secretary-General Enrico Berlinguer arrives & shakes hands.
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    4.
    GV Huge crowd assembled
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    5.
    SV PAN FROM Chanting crowd TO Berlinguer & Communist Party Communist Party President Longo (white-haired man) applauding from platform
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    6.
    CU From young woman to old man chanting & waving flags
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    7.
    CU Berlinguer speaking
    1.44


    Tuesday was a day of great victory for the Communists and their supporters in Italy. The final count showed that they had collected thirty-three point four per cent of the vote in nationwide, regional and local elections. Thousands gathered in the city centre in Rome to celebrate the victory -- considered to be the most important since the Second World War.



    The Communist Party scored an average gain of five point six per cent on their nineteen-seventy regional election results. They came within two per cent of the Christian Democrat who held on to the top place in the poll. Leaders of the Party were naturally jubilant. They headed the rally attended by an estimated one hundred thousand people.



    The President of the Party, Mr. Luigi Longo -- the older man with white hair -- and the Secretary-General, Mr. Enrico berlinguer, were at the rally. The results mean that millions of Italians are to come under Communist-led local administrations for the first time. The Communists have long been pressing for a share in the country's national government.



    Mr. Berlinguer addressed his supporters at the rally on Tuesday. He had earlier said that the results signified a clear national defeat for the people who wanted to exclude the Communists from a say in Government.



    Nearly ninety-two per cent of the electors turned up for the elections which established the Communist party as the biggest single party in cities like Milan, Turin, Naples and Venice. Their most significant success was in the northern industrial city of Turin.




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    Background: An estimated 100,000 supporters of Italy's Communist party gathered in Rome on Tuesday (17 June) to celebrate the Party's biggest election victory since the Second World War.

    The party collected 33.4 per cent of the vote in nationwide, regional and local elections, according to the final count on Tuesday.

    The Communists scored an average gain of 5.6 per cent on their 1970 regional election results. And they came within two per cent of the Christian Democrats, who held on to the top place in the poll with 35.3 per cent of the vote.

    The results mean that millions of Italians are to come under communist-led local administrations for the first time.

    Both the President, Mr. Luigi Longo, and the Secretary-General, Mr. Enrico Berlinguer, attended the rally with their jubilant supporters.

    Mr. Berlinguer said the results signified a clear national defeat for the people who want to exclude the Communists from a say in Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5KFAQWDVK4RHKYYXRHIB7TX0D
    Media URN:
    VLVA5KFAQWDVK4RHKYYXRHIB7TX0D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
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