Armoured troop carriers moved into positions around the riot-torn city of Reggio Calabria on Thursday (18 February) as police mounted a military-style operation to crush rebel strongpoints in a barricaded working-class district.
GV PAN Riot police running along barricade street
MV AND GV Troops marching along street and standing guard
BV armed soldier walking along road
GV bulldozer clearing debris from road (2 shots)
GTV PAN armoured vehicles parked at roadside
MV troops PAN ALONG TO armoured vehicles
CU soldier in cockpit TILT DOWN TO Italian national insignia
GV troops TILT UP TO crewman in armoured vehicle
GV armoured vehicles PAN TO jeeps and lorries
GTV Troops climbing aboard armoured troop carriers.
SCU soldier closes door on vehicle
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Background: Armoured troop carriers moved into positions around the riot-torn city of Reggio Calabria on Thursday (18 February) as police mounted a military-style operation to crush rebel strongpoints in a barricaded working-class district. The troop carriers were requested in an effort to stamp out violent protests over the city's failure to be named capital of the Calabria region in the "toe" of Italy.
This film was shot by VISNEWS cameraman Enzo di Giambattista who has been covering the situation in Reggio leading up to the crucial decision on Tuesday (16 February) to make neighbouring Catanzaro provincial capital. The coverage was shown on the Eurovision news exchange through the Italian Television network in Rome and was telerecorded in London for service.
There is natural sound throughout the film.