• Short Summary

    At least 80 people were inured - 50 of them police and one civilian reported "near death" - when a thousand leftwing rioters clashed with police in the centre of Milan Saturday evening. (March 11)
    The trouble erupted when squads of leftists, brandishing wooden clubs and iron bars, charged at police guarding an anti-Communist gathering of 3-thousand.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Travel shot Riot police PAN TO demonstration
    0.11

    2.
    SV Demonstrators applaud
    0.14

    3.
    SV & GVs Banners & crowd (3 shots)
    0.24

    4.
    MV & GVs Police in area (3 shots)
    0.35

    5.
    MV PAN Police in jeeps
    0.40

    6.
    GV Police fire tear gas shells
    0.43

    7.
    GV Burning car (2 shots)
    0.50

    8.
    GV Police in trucks
    0.53

    9.
    GV Trams lined-up in smoke-filled street
    0.56

    10.
    SVs Injured police taken away
    1.09

    11.
    CU Policeman's hat PAN debris & damaged police truck
    1.17

    12.
    GV Police damaging car in street
    1.20

    13.
    GV PAN Police
    1.23

    14.
    SV Wounded policeman being treated
    1.30

    15.
    MV & GV Demonstrator arrested and debris (4 shots)
    1.42

    16.
    MV Ambulance away
    1.47


    Police guard on "Silent majority" demonstration; banners, crowds; police intervening against rioters, firing tear gas shells, arresting; burning car, smoke-filled streets, inured police; debris; ambulance.




    Initials SGM/2330 SGM/2250



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: At least 80 people were inured - 50 of them police and one civilian reported "near death" - when a thousand leftwing rioters clashed with police in the centre of Milan Saturday evening. (March 11)
    The trouble erupted when squads of leftists, brandishing wooden clubs and iron bars, charged at police guarding an anti-Communist gathering of 3-thousand.

    Police fired tear gas volleys, but the violence spread as demonstrators set fire to cars and other vehicles, hurled stones and petrol bombs and repeatedly charged police lines.

    The Rightwing "Silent Majority" demonstration was held to protest against a Communist party congress opening in Milan on Monday. (March 13)
    This film, shot for Visnews by Emanuele Buttice, has natural sound throughout and gives a vivid, actuality account of the street violence.

    SYNOPSIS: Italian riot police were out in strength Saturday evening in Milan. A "Silent Majority" demonstration by three-thousand people was protesting against the first major event leading to next May's general election - a Communist party congress opening in the city on Monday. Banners called for a strong political Right wing and denounced Communist influence in schools.

    Violence erupted when squads of left-wing activists, brandishing wooden clubs and iron bars, charged the people guarding the anti-communist rally. Police brought up reserves and fired volleys of tear gas
    But the violence spread as demonstrators set vehicles alight, hurled stones and petrol bombs and repeatedly charged police line.

    The leftwingers also set fire to a tram, a bus and a police jeep. Eighty people were injured in the fighting, fifty-two of them police. The worst casualty was a 60-year-old civilian who suffered severe head injuries. Doctors feared he might not live.

    Targets hit by the rioters included the officers of one of Italy's main newspapers, and a Renault motor showroom.

    The violence turned Central Milan into a debris-strewn battlefield. Police made 92 arrests, and the Italian Ministry of the Interior was reported to have ordered "extreme rigour" against those detained.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA5JVFC89VHANWZUK34IZA9T92
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5JVFC89VHANWZUK34IZA9T92
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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