An estimated 15,000 chanting students marched through Rome on Tuesday (29 November) protesting against the killing of a fellow-Communist youth the previous night in the southern Italian town of Bari.
An estimated 15,000 chanting students marched through Rome on Tuesday (29 November) protesting against the killing of a fellow-Communist youth the previous night in the southern Italian town of Bari. The youth, 18-year-old Benedetto Petrone, was knifed to death in a ??? with a group of extreme Rightists.
SYNOPSIS: The students were members of the Communist Party Youth Movement (FGCI), of which Petrone had been a member.
The marchers shouted out slogans and called for Italy's Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga to shut down what they called 'Fascist hideouts'.
They wanted Signor Cossiga to resign because he had not closed down offices of the Italian Socialist Movement (MSI), a neo-Fascist party, after some of its members allegedly shot dead another left-wing youth, Walter Rossi, in Rome on 30 September. In fact, MSI members in Bari were celebrating the opening of a new office when the clash occurred in which petrone was killed. Ill-feeling between left and right-wingers in Bari had been building up during the previous week.
This Rome protest passed off without incidents. But in Bari, leftists burnt down he MSI office and firemen had to put out several other fires.
In Rome's Piazza Santi Apostoli, the young Communists heard a speech from a Communist school leader, as police in riot gear stood by. Similar rallies by thousands of students in Naples and Florence also went off peacefully.