• Short Summary

    THE OPENING OF MILAN'S LA SCALA OPERA SEASON YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) SHED MUCH OF ITS USUAL GLAMOUR WHEN HUNDREDS OF RIOT POLICE SURROUNDED THE FAMOUS OPERA HOUSE AS STUDENTS AND METAL-WORKERS DEMONSTRATES OUTSIDE AGAINST THE AFFLUENCE USUALLY DISPLAYED AT THE GALA EVENT.

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    LA SCALA EXTERIOR & "ERNANI" POSTER: POLICE LINED UP AND ADVANCING THROUGH CROWDS: POLICE WITH DEMONSTRATORS AND MAKING ARREST.




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    Background: THE OPENING OF MILAN'S LA SCALA OPERA SEASON YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) SHED MUCH OF ITS USUAL GLAMOUR WHEN HUNDREDS OF RIOT POLICE SURROUNDED THE FAMOUS OPERA HOUSE AS STUDENTS AND METAL-WORKERS DEMONSTRATES OUTSIDE AGAINST THE AFFLUENCE USUALLY DISPLAYED AT THE GALA EVENT.

    MORE THAN 500 POLICE WERE ON DUTY IMMEDIATELY OUTSIDE LA SCALA AND HUNDREDS MORE PATROLLED THE ADJACENT STREETS.

    THE OPERA SEASON'S OPENING - NORMALLY ONE OF THE MOST GLITTERING AND FASHIONABLE OF EVENTS - WAS NOT AFFECTED IN THE PERFORMANCE ITSELF, BUT ONLY A FEW OF THE PATRONS WERE WEARING THE TRADITIONALLY-SEEN JEWELS. THEY WERE NOT ONLY INFLUENCED BY THE CURRENT THREATS, BUT MANY REMEMBERED LAST YEAR'S FIRST NIGHT WHEN THEY WERE PELTED WITH EGGS AND ROTTEN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES. THOSE THAT DID ARRIVE IN FULL REGALIA WERE JEERED BY ABOUT 200 DEMONSTRATORS SINGING AND WHISTLING "THE RED FLAG". ALTHOUGH POLICE WERE READY WITH BATONS AND TEAR GAS, ONLY MINOR SCUFFLES BROKE OUT. ABOUT 60 PEOPLE WERE DETAINED ON THE SPOT, BUT ONLY THREE WERE ACTUALLY ARRESTED - AND LATER RELEASED AFTER GIVING THEIR NAMES.

    AS THE PRESENTATION OF VERDI'S "ERNANI" CONTINUED INSIDE, THE MAJORITY OF THE DEMONSTRATORS DISPERSED AND ONLY ABOUT 100 OF THEM REMAINED TO SEE THE OPERA-GOERS LEAVE AT THE END OF THE PERFORMANCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABAAUVJVWTLZ8E8F2FCWC9FK8A
    Media URN:
    VLVABAAUVJVWTLZ8E8F2FCWC9FK8A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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