In Rome, Left-wing extremists fired at police and hurled petrol bombs, smashed windows and offices during a rampage through the streets on Friday (14 October).
In Rome, Left-wing extremists fired at police and hurled petrol bombs, smashed windows and offices during a rampage through the streets on Friday (14 October). The violence followed two rival anti-Fascist rallies. The extreme Left faction had held a demonstration which attracted 10,000 demonstrators. They claim that the Communist have sold out by deciding to co-operate with the minority Christian Democrat government.
SYNOPSIS: The other demonstration was called by the Communist-led Rome government. It's thought about 70,000 people marched through the streets. The conflicting gatherings underline the growing rift between the old guard Communists and the younger generation Left.
Rome's Mayor Giulio Carlo Argan led his rally. He and his government are also facing the wave of violence which followed the murder of Senor Walter Rossi, a member of a Left-wing extremist group, by Right-wing neo-Fascists last month. The authorities have ordered the closure of local branches of the neo-Fascist MSI party in an effort to curb it.
The Communist party is also trying to subdue the criticism by the extreme Left-wingers. The demonstrators cheered as Mayor Argam lashed out against what he termed delinquents, bandits and terrorists. Observers say he was clearly directing remarks against the extreme left when he said it was to halt the wave of violence.