In Italy the trial is continuing of members of the Workers Autonomy who are accused of the murder of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
GV Police searching public entering court in Padua (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Women accused in dock guarded by police (2 shots)
SV Men accused entering dock
SV Woman judge sitting down
SV Defending lawyer speaking to judge
CU Judge speaking
GV ZOOM TO Accused in dock
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Background: In Italy the trial is continuing of members of the Workers Autonomy who are accused of the murder of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. The arrests of the accused were the result of a major drive against terrorism in Italy.
SYNOPSIS: Tight security surrounds the trial in Padua of 33 members of the Workers Autonomy. But the city is used to violence. Hundreds of bombings and shootings have occurred there in recent years.
Most of the Workers Autonomy members work or study at the University of Padua, and 46-year-old Professor of Politics Antonio Negri, who has written several books and papers on the Workers Autonomy, has elevated it to the status of a Political movement.
The movement is said by Police and Magristrates to be political arm of Italian terrorism. Professor Negri himself has been accused of being the head of the Red Brigades and the brains behind the Moro kidnapping. Negri's arrest was followed by that of several of his colleagues including Franco Piperno who fled to France, but was returned to Italy under an extradition order. Anti-terrorist Police have made more than 200 arrests this year, and discovered dozens of guerrilla hideouts.
Among those arrested were lawyers, car workers, students, academic staff and unemployed from middle-class families--an indication of the breadth of Italy's leftist guerrilla movement.