Molotov cocktail firebombs were hurled into three branches of the Bank of America and Italy in Rome on Saturday night (2 shots), apparently in protest against Monday's visit by United States Secretary of State, Dr.
CU PAN FROM Fire tender TO police outside bank in Large Torre (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Damaged window
SV PAN FROM Hole in window TO another broken window and doorway (2 shots)
SV Policeman walks through damaged doors
GV Police outside bank at Villa Cola di Rienzo
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Broken glass and wrecked shutter
SV PAN FROM Broken glass TO name on bank
CU PAN FROM Anti-Kissinger slogan TO people and police around wreckage (2 shots)
FIRE TENDER AND POLICE OUTSIDE BANK: DAMAGED WINDOWS AND DOORS: POLICE INSPECT DAMAGE: POLICE OUTSIDE ANOTHER BRANCH: BROKEN GLASS AND SHUTTER: ANTI-KISSINGER SLOGAN: MORE POLICE AND SPECTATORS
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Background: Molotov cocktail firebombs were hurled into three branches of the Bank of America and Italy in Rome on Saturday night (2 shots), apparently in protest against Monday's visit by United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
The bombs started small fires which were quickly doused by firemen.
Leaflets scattered outside one branch of the bank, which is affiliated to the Bank of America, said "Against the hangman Kissinger, Alongside the proletariat of the whole world. Against American imperialism."
Dr. Kisinger is due in Rome on Monday and the following day he will address the opening session of the World Food Conference.
There were no casualties in the bombings, and no-one as yet has claimed responsibility for the attack.
One of the bank branches in Saturday night's incident suffered a similar attack about three years ago, just prior to a visit to Rome by Dr. Kissinger's predecessor, Mr. William Rogers.