was into italy from austria. Police on each side of the border check the heavy?
was into italy from austria. Police on each side of the border check the heavy stream of traffic that flows through the key pass. They are looking for terrorists...tiroleans moving into italy to carry out what they call their war of liberation.
Barbed wire and bunkers along the border between italy and austria are themselves monuments to the failure of the two countries, to solve one of europe's oldest problems.
The dismembering of the tirol in 1919 split a people with a common language and history. And it has resulted in decades of friction between the neighbouring countries...and now terrorism.
(Interview with Dr. Heinrich Klier (I guess we call him tirolian nationalist))
Along the roads leading to the border, the message has been spelled out...freedom for south tirol...south tirol does not want to be a colony.
This is a secret radio team on its way to make an early morning broadcast. The terrorist ??? moves swiftly along the austrian side of the border, never broadcasting twice from the same location. The programs, which are pre taped, last forty minutes...not enough time for the police to monitor, locate and then reach the transmission site. The clandestine radio beams across the border into the south tirol, but it also broadcasts in five languages, calling for support for the tirolian movement.
(actually english radio tape)
The terrorist radio, however, is only one part of the movement, which is attacking italian rule of the south tirol.
The main weapon of the tirolian nationalists is terrorism.
This is a terrorist team in the austrian tirol. Most teams are small...four or five men. Knowing the mountains well, they are able to sneak across the border to blow up economic installations, italian monuments, and sometimes kill italian police.
The terrorist...submachine guns...and plastic explosive which is safe, easy to carry, and easy to detonate. It is all very simple, and all very effective. These men do not consider themselves either austrians, or italians...but tiroleans. They are nationalists who say they are using sub machine guns and explosives where words and promises have failed.
Violence is the ultimate weapon of frustrated people...and the people of the tirol are frustrated. For 47 years they have tried to change a situation they think is wrong...first peacefully...but now finally with violence. gu nbc news in the tirol.