Red Brigades guerrillas struck again in Italy on Thursday (27 April) when they shot and wounded an official of the Fiat motor car company in Turin.
Red Brigades guerrillas struck again in Italy on Thursday (27 April) when they shot and wounded an official of the Fiat motor car company in Turin. This latest act of violence coincided with the start of a nationwide strike by Italian doctors in support of a new employment contract. Meanwhile, a rich man's teenage daughter has been released after being kidnapped more than two months ago.
SYNOPSIS: The girl 18-year-old Giovanna Amati, was returned to Rome after eleven weeks in captivity at the seaside resort of San Felice Circeo, 60 miles (100 Kilometres) south of Rome. Her release came after a policeman overheard one of her kidnappers making a ransom-demand call from a public telephone box. Another kidnap victim, Albert Campari, who was abducted last December, was also released about the same time.
As the kidnap victims were released, guerrillas struck in Turin, where a Fiat car company executive was shot in the legs. Signor Sergio Palmieri was attacked by two men and a woman as he was going to work at Fiat's Mirafiori plant, where Reuter report suspected Red Brigades' sympathiser are working. Signor Palmieri is the eleventh Fiat executive to be attacked in the past three years. After the shooting, he was one of few people to receive attention at the local hospital.
Hospitals throughout Italy were handling only emergency cases as the country's 43,000 doctors began a three-day strike on Thursday (27 April). They were trying to force the government to speed up negotiations on their new employment contract. Talks to renew a 1974 national contract stalled more than a year ago. Now, the doctors want higher salaries, more freedom to work outside their hospitals, and more money spent on public health. Almost all Italy's 1,100 public hospitals are in debt, and regional authorities which run them have often asked the government to massively boost annual subsidies. The strike began despite a last-minute appeal from the Italian Health Minister for doctors to remain at work. A spokesman for the three doctors unions said the strike would be followed by a work-to-rule until the government met his members' demands.