The resurgent Neo-Fascist Italian Social Movement (M.S.I.) opened a four-day congress in Rome today. (18?
The resurgent Neo-Fascist Italian Social Movement (M.S.I.) opened a four-day congress in Rome today. (18 Jan).
About five thousand leftwing students marched through the streets of the city in an anti fascist demonstration, They sang songs and chanted, and although police kept a watchful eye on them there were no incidents.
In last year's General Elections the MSI doubled its seats in parliament, although in local election it later lost some of the gains.
Today's congress was addressed by the party leader, Giorgio Almirante, a former aide of Mussolini, and the congress President Signor Romualdi.
SYNOPSIS: The resurgent neo-fascist Italian Social Movement, the M.S.I., opened its tenth national party conference in Rome today. Anti-fascist demonstrations were arranged throughout Italy..many of them organised by groups representing former resistance workers, and some, as here in Rome, by leftwing groups. The police were on hand, but on this occasion weren't needed.
Inside the building the Congress got under way. It's the first for two years and will review the party's progress under the leadership of Signor Giorgio Almirante, a former aide of Mussolini. The party leader introduced the Congress chairman, Signor Romuldi who addressed the delegates. In last year' General elections the M.S.I. doubled its seats in parliament, but in later local ???tions its share of the poll fell slightly. Holding the congress in Rome has raised protests from leftwing and anti-fascist groups.
A major protest int he capital came from abut 5,000 leftwing students who marched from the main railway station to the eastern side of the city. They were backed by Rome branches of Italy's three big trade union confederations who called for a 30 minute general strike. The marchers sang leftwing songs including the Red Flag and the Internationals, and chanted slogans. They gathered without incident in the vast central courtyard of the University, ironically itself a monument of the fascist period, where they listened to anti-fascist speeches.