There's been widespread anti-German violence in French and Italy to protest against the deaths in prison of three Baader-Meinhof guerrillas.
There's been widespread anti-German violence in French and Italy to protest against the deaths in prison of three Baader-Meinhof guerrillas. The West German authorities say they committed suicide, but their lawyers have claimed they were murdered. In Paris on Friday (21 October) a clean-up was underway after German-made cars were attacked, shop fronts smashed and a passer-by killed when a booby-trapped bomb went off. In Rome on Thursday night (20 October) police fought running battles with rioters throwing petrol bombs.
SYNOPSIS: Central Paris was the scene of the worst violence when a group of about 50 youths ran riot in the streets east of the Opera where there are many newspaper offices and fashion houses. Shop windows were smashed with stones and iron bars by the demonstrators.
A number of Mercedes cars were attacked and the name "Baader" was scrawled on walls. Police said there was little doubt the violence was connected with the deaths on Tuesday (18 October), of extremists Andreas Baader, Jan-Carl Raspe and Gudrun Ensslin in a Stuttgart prison. Baader and Raspe died of gunshot wounds while Ennslin was found hanged.
The latest incidents followed a wave of violence throughout the country including the explosion of a booby-trap bomb in Paris.
In Italy trouble occurred at the West German embassy in Rome and the consulate in Milan. On Friday night, in Milan tear gas was fired at a group of 100 demonstrators who attacked police with fire bombs as they tried to break through a cordon outside the West German consulate. In Rome the previous night 10 people including four policemen were injured in the clashes.
Violence broke out when students were told they wouldn't be allowed to march from the university to the West German embassy. Some of the students responded by throwing petrol bombs.
Police fired tear gas grenades at students who tried to leave the university.
There were a number of skirmishes in the streets near the university and 20 students were arrested by police during the rioting.
In separate incidents a number of German car showrooms in the capital were attacked. Fire bombs caused extensive damage to premises owned by the BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen firms.