Gloom hung over Italy's Liberation Day celebrations on Tuesday (25 April) as fears grew that the murder of the kidnapping ex-Premier Aldo Moro was now inevitable.
Gloom hung over Italy's Liberation Day celebrations on Tuesday (25 April) as fears grew that the murder of the kidnapping ex-Premier Aldo Moro was now inevitable. Signor Moro was kidnapped by the Red Brigades group on the 16th of March.
SYNOPSIS: Several thousand students used the occasion of Liberation Day to demonstrate against, in their words, "the terrorism of the state, and of the Red Brigades". Some of the demonstrators chanted "Aldo Moro,you are no more".
Later the demonstrators ran into trouble. Police fired tear-gas and baton-charged the marchers when a large group broke away from the main march. Forty-six people were arrested.
Police have received yet another telephone call saying Signor Moro has been killed. Signor Moro, previously tipped as the next President of Italy, was captured by the Red Brigades on this street in Rome, the Via Mario Fani. On Liberation Day, trade unionists gathered to lay wreaths at the spot where Signor Moro was kidnapped and five bodyguards killed.
The leaders of the kidnapped man's Christian Democratic Party have held another crisis meeting. Reuter's news agency quotes authoritative sources as saying they did not consider any change in their outright rejection of the demands by the Red Brigades. The guerrillas said they would immediately kill Signor Moro unless 13 jailed Leftists, facing trial on murder charges, were released. In another anguished appeal yesterday, Signor Moro wrote: "We are almost at zero hour. It is now a question of seconds, not minutes."