• Short Summary

    A general strike yesterday paralysed the south Italian town of Catanzaro following the postponement of a football match against the town's bitter rival Reggio Calabria.

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    A general strike yesterday paralysed the south Italian town of Catanzaro following the postponement of a football match against the town's bitter rival Reggio Calabria. The President of the Catanzaro team described the decision as slap in the face for the city of Catanzaro. He said it was the third slight. The first had been the decision to split some of the functions of Calabria's regional capital with Reggio after eight months of violent rioting in the latter city and an earlier postponement of the same match. Thousands of angry fans milled around the centre of the city and built four roadblocks out of cars and building materials in the city centre.

    SYNOPSIS: The south Italian town of Catanzaro has been paralysed by a general strike following the postponement of a football match against the town's bitter rival Reggio Calabria. The President of the Catanzaro team described the decision to put off the match as the third slap in the face for Catanzaro. The others he said were a decision to split some of the functions of Calabria's regional capital with Reggio after eight months of violent rioting in the latter city and an earlier postponement of the same match against Reggio.

    Thousands of angry fans milled around the centre of Catanzaro to make sure all offices and shops were closed. Four road-blocks were built to bring the centre of the town to a stand-still. Eighty percent of the shops were closed, all schools were deserted and traffic was paralysed. The postponed football match means a lot to Catanzaro. If their team beats Reggio they stand a chance of moving from the second to the first division. That in itself would have been a morale booster to Catanzato in their long fight over the right to call itself the regional capital.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD9M37AW8WUTLS5GQ6508QIKCB
    Media URN:
    VLVAD9M37AW8WUTLS5GQ6508QIKCB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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