• Short Summary

    ROME POLICE WERE FORCED TO STEP IN YESTERDAY, (THURSDAY) WHEN A GROUP OF YOUTHS TRIED TO BREAK UP A DEMONSTRATION BY 100 ROME LAWYERS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS FOR REFORM OF ITALY'S LEGAL SYSTEM.

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    JUSTICE PALACE; ITALIAN PRESIDENT ARRIVES; DEMONSTRATORS; LAWYER ADDRESSES CROWD; PLACARDS.




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    Background: ROME POLICE WERE FORCED TO STEP IN YESTERDAY, (THURSDAY) WHEN A GROUP OF YOUTHS TRIED TO BREAK UP A DEMONSTRATION BY 100 ROME LAWYERS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS FOR REFORM OF ITALY'S LEGAL SYSTEM. ABOUT 600 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE PALACE OF JUSTICE - ONE OF MANY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY HELD BY MAGISTRATES AND LAWYERS.

    THE ROME DEMONSTRATION OCCURRED SHORTLY AFTER PRESIDENT GIUSEPPE SARAGAT ARRIVED AT THE PALACE OF JUSTICE TO INAUGURATE THE NEW LEGAL YEAR.

    AS THE LAWYERS, CARRYING PLACARDS ATTACKING ALLEGED INJUSTICES OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM, MARCHED DOWN THE BACK STEPS OF THE BUILDING AFTER BOYCOTTING THE CEREMONY INSIDE, THEY WERE SHOWERED WITH RIGHT-WING LEAFLETS.

    THEIR SUPPORTERS - MOSTLY LEFT-WING STUDENTS - PURSUED THE LEAFLET THROWERS AND SCUFFLES FOLLOWED. POLICE GUARDING THE BUILDING BROKE THEIR RANKS TO SEPARATE THE OPPOSING GROUPS.

    ONE OF THE MAIN COMPLAINTS OF LAWYERS AND MAGISTRATES IS THE SYSTEM OF PREVENTIVE DETENTION UNDER WHICH AN ACCUSED PERSON CAN SPEND YEARS IN PRISON BEFORE AND DURING HIS TRIAL, AND THEN BE ACQUITTED OR GIVEN A SENTENCE LESS THAN THE ACTUAL TIME HE HAS SPENT BEHIND BARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3OPFI493UOOR6JVLNA5CXH1R
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3OPFI493UOOR6JVLNA5CXH1R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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