In Rome on Thursday (27 April) Italy's labour unions and coalition parties mounted a massive rally to protest at the growing rate of political terrorism in Italy.
In Rome on Thursday (27 April) Italy's labour unions and coalition parties mounted a massive rally to protest at the growing rate of political terrorism in Italy. The same day, numbers of factories in Rome shut down early s workers joined in the protest.
SYNOPSIS: The Piazza Santi Apostoli in central Rome was packed for the rally. It was attended by both Communists and Christian Democrats underlining the common stand that all parties have taken on political terrorism.
A Communist regional leader, Maurizio Ferrari, was one of the principle speakers. He told the crowd that the country had to stand firm against the demands of terrorist groups like the Red brigades who kidnapped former Italian Premier Aldo Moro over six weeks ago. And he repeated a call for a general strike if the government failed to cope with Italy's escalating political violence. Only the day before a prominent member of the ruling Christian Democrat party, Girolamo Mechelli, had been shot outside his home in a Rome suburb. And the same day an executive of the Fiat car company had been shot and wounded in Turin. The Red Brigades claimed responsibility for both attacks.
For those people who missed the big rally in central Rome, the extent of concern at growing violence was demonstrated by workers at a number of factories.
They went off the job early bringing many industries to a stand still and disrupting transport. The target of their protest was made clear in painted slogans which attacked the Red Brigades and called for an end to the terrorism which is plaguing Italy.
So far this year there have been at least 19 violent attacks on individuals mainly for political motives and many fear there will be anarchy if this continues. This was made clear by a Venetian trade union leader. Speaking about the Moro Kidnapping he said that if italy gave in to the terrorists, it would destroy in a day what took a life time to build.