In Italy two policemen and a suspected member of the Red Brigades urban guerrilla group were wounded in a gun battle in Milan on Sunday (1 October).
In Italy two policemen and a suspected member of the Red Brigades urban guerrilla group were wounded in a gun battle in Milan on Sunday (1 October). Police say the suspected guerrilla, whose identity has not been disclosed, produced a pistol and fired at them as they tried to arrest him. At least 40 people have been shot in terrorist Attacks in Italy this year -- the most recent of them took place last Thursday (28 September) and Friday (29 September) when two car company officials were shots in Turin and Milan. One of them died -- and so too did a young Communist, Ivo Zini, aged 24, when two youths opened fire on him and a friend as they were sitting outside a Communist Party office in Rome on Wednesday (27 September).
SYNOPSIS: Zini's death triggered a strong reaction from Communists in Rome. On Friday they took to the streets to protest against the killing--and also to commemorate the death of Walter Rossi, who was killed last year, allegedly by Fascists.
Although quick to demonstrate its solidarity with leftist causes, the Italian Communist party is by no means an extremist organisation in present-day politics. Is leader, Enrico Berlinguer, has warned of the danger of ideological controversy threatening to split Italy's left-wing forces -- and the Communist party is still supporting the minority Christian Democrat government. In contrast the Red Brigades guerrillas have proclaimed a "people's war against the Italian establishment.
But although demonstrations like this and urban terrorism continue, last month police arrested an alleged Red Brigades leader, Corrado Alunni, after a massive manhunt for the kidnappers of the late former Prime Minister, Aldo Moro.