The streets of Verona were filled with demonstrators on October 30, protesting against Italy's illicit drug trade.
1. GV Demonstrators with red flags and banner saying "Contro i Mercanti Di Morte' marching down street 0.08
2. SVs Demonstrators, with flags, one with loud hailer 0.22
3. SV PAN Poster advertising the march, and demonstrators marching (3 sots) 0.46
4. GV Rally point with demonstrators waiting (3 shots) 1.05
5. GV/SV Demonstrators listening to Nilde Jotti, President of Chamber of Deputies, speaking ( ITALIAN SOT) 1.57
6. GV PAN Crowd at rally point 2.00
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Background: VERONA, ITALY
The streets of Verona were filled with demonstrators on October 30, protesting against Italy's illicit drug trade. Originally sponsored by the Italian Communist Party, the demonstration had the support of unions, local authorities, the Catholic Workers Movement and the associations of young addict's parents. Carrying red flags and banners with slogans demanding action 'Against those who sell Death', protestors gathered in the city's central square to hear the President of the Chamber of Deputies Mrs Nilde Jotti, denounce the harmful effects of Italy's lucrative drugs trade. Verona is now second only to Rome in the number of fatal drug overdoses. So far this year there have been 30 victims -- most of them young. Yet, Verona's total population of 270,000 is only one-tenth that of the capital. The city's inhabitants say the national authorities' decision to banish suspected drug traffickers from Sicily and Calabria to the north had contributed to increasing the problem.
Source: REUTERS - EMMANUEL BITTICE