INTRODUCTION After a day of uneasy calm in Rome following the ban on demonstrations imposed by Italy's Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga on Friday (22 April) fighting broke out again near the university area.
GV EXTERIOR People gathering outside Communist Party headquarters in San Lorenzo district of Rome.
MV Riot police standing by trucks.
MV PAN Wreaths laid on spot where policeman was killed.
MV Communist Mayor of Rome, Giulio Carlo Argan driven away watched by police. (3 shots)
SV PAN Coffin being carried into church.
SV AND GV Funeral service in progress. (4 shots)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: At their meeting the students accused Signor Cossiga of worsening the situation through his warning on Friday that he would order police to fire on demonstrators if firearms were used in further clashes.
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Background: INTRODUCTION After a day of uneasy calm in Rome following the ban on demonstrations imposed by Italy's Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga on Friday (22 April) fighting broke out again near the university area.
SYNOPSIS: A group of extreme left-wing students approached the Communist Party headquarters in the San Lorenzo district of Rome and jeered at the Communists -- who retaliated by beating up the extremists. A scuffle then broke out between the two groups and police intervened, dispersing the crowd with tear gas. The spot where their colleague, 22 year-old policeman Settmio Passamonti was killed on Thursday (21 April) was covered with flowers on Friday.
One of the people who arrived to lay a wreath was Rome's Communist Mayor, Giulio Carlo Argan. He was accompanied by a heavy police escort and did not waste time hanging about in the area.
On Saturday (23 April) Signor Passamonti was buried. His funeral service was held at the Basilica del Verano -- only a short distance from where he was killed during clashes with students.
Pope Paul sent a message of condolence to Archbishop Giovanni Canestri who presided over the funeral and hundreds of policemen and citizens packed the Basilica. As the service was taking place a student meeting voted to ignore the ban on public demonstrations.