Some 30,000 farmers and other land workers from all over Italy converged on Rome today (Wednesday) to demonstrate for agricultural reforms.
LV Demonstrators with banners along road
SV PAN Demonstrators
GV PAN SV Tractors lead demonstration (2 shots)
GTV PAN Police escort
SV & TGV PAN Demonstrators with banners & placards along road (3 shots)
CU Demonstrators with placards (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators marching along (2 shots)
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Background: Some 30,000 farmers and other land workers from all over Italy converged on Rome today (Wednesday) to demonstrate for agricultural reforms.
They marched from the Piazza Esedra (popularly known as the Piazza Republica) past the Colosseum to the Piazza St. Apostoli where they held a rally.
The demonstration was timed to coincide with the start the previous day (Tuesday) of an examination of land contract laws by an Agricultural Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.
The demonstrators were demanding - primarily - new laws for the small property holder; tax-free rent money from any land they lease out; and the possibility to sell land to the State on favourable terms, choosing the most convenient form of payment - a lump sum, a pension, or some other acceptable way.