A policeman was shot in the back and wounded in Rome on Monday (3 October) during violent left-wing demonstrations that followed the funeral of murdered left-wing militant Walter Rossi.
A policeman was shot in the back and wounded in Rome on Monday (3 October) during violent left-wing demonstrations that followed the funeral of murdered left-wing militant Walter Rossi. The shooting took place as groups of students tried to set fire to offices of the neo-fascist MSI Party (Socialist Movement Party), 15 of whose members have been arrested in connection with Rossi's murder in Rome on Friday (30 September).
SYNOPSIS: An estimated 100,000 left-wing students, waving banners, had turned out to honour Rossi, who had led the extreme left group "Lotta Continua".
After the funeral, the students tried to attack a favourite meeting place, and branches of the MSI party. Large squads of riot police were on duty to try to disperse them. Six armoured trucks loaded with police barred the way of these students heading for the neo-fascists' venue for open-air meetings. When police opened fire with tear gas grenades, thousands of students fled. Several people were injured when they were trampled by fleeing crowds.
Police had been on alert since the right-wingers gunned down Walter rossi. His death had sparked off violent demonstrations throughout Italy at the weekend, when dozens of people were injured. Earlier on Monday (3 October) in Rome, two gunmen on a motorcycle had sot a young communist woman in the thigh as she was leaving home for work. Her wounded was not serious. Her fellow-workers later said she was a victim of fascist gunmen.