• Short Summary

    Violent rioting - sparked by fears that the smaller town of Catanzaro may be chosen capital of the newly formed Calabria region in the "toe" of Italy - reached a peak in Reggio Calabria on Thursday (July 16), as demonstrators armed with cobblestones, iron bars and Molotov cocktails fought pitched battles with police.

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    Violent rioting - sparked by fears that the smaller town of Catanzaro may be chosen capital of the newly formed Calabria region in the "toe" of Italy - reached a peak in Reggio Calabria on Thursday (July 16), as demonstrators armed with cobblestones, iron bars and Molotov cocktails fought pitched battles with police.

    Three days of rioting which began on Tuesday (July 14), have caused the death of one man, injuries to scores of others, and fire damage to several buildings.

    Local police, strengthened to about 3,000 men by reinforcements from other Italian cities, used tear gas and baton charges to scatter demonstrators.

    After a few hours of relative calm in the middle of the day on the 16th, fighting broke out in the afternoon when demonstrators started stoning firemen.

    Local observers estimated that about 20.000 demonstrators were roaming the streets, some of them setting fire to buildings and cars.

    Most traffic and commerce was halted, and on the 17th, improvised barricades still blocked several streets.

    Ninety-three people have been detained, and 19 charged with specific offences. It was estimated that 200 demonstrators and 100 police were in hospital recovering from injuries.

    Rioters attacked the Provincial Administration Building, smashing in the front door and setting fire to offices with petrol-soaked rags and burning paper. Firemen protected by police put out the blaze.

    Other demonstrators later set 40 wooden cabins at a municipal bathing station on fire with petrol bombs, and occupied a local railway station, wrecking the ticket office and setting the station house ablaze.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAW59L3VE5YK732KXZR3GK8CAW
    Media URN:
    VLVAAW59L3VE5YK732KXZR3GK8CAW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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