The Prime Minister of Italy, Signor Giulio Andreotti has been meeting leaders of his country's main political parties to combat the latest wave of political violence.
The Prime Minister of Italy, Signor Giulio Andreotti has been meeting leaders of his country's main political parties to combat the latest wave of political violence. In the past week six lives were lost.
SYNOPSIS: In Milan, two of the dead men were policemen, one of them a senior official. They were shot when they entered the home of a guerrilla with an arrest warrant. Their assassin was later shot and killed as he tried to flee the apartment.
On Thursday shopkeepers in Milan closed their stores as a sign of mourning for the dead policemen. The guerrilla who died was believed to be a prominent member of the extreme left-wing Red Brigades, a guerrilla group thought to be responsible for a number of bank raids, assassinations and other violence in recent years. Workers marched through the streets of Milan displaying their sympathy for the dead policemen. As well as the two deaths in Milan, another policeman died in Rome during an apparent attempt on the life of an anti-terrorist squad official.
On Friday the two policemen were buried.
The latest incident in Milan has led to a demand by Italian police for tougher laws and prison security. Since the previous political deaths in July police have been out in strength trying to prevent mass demonstrations becoming violent. But they say there's little to be done against isolated guerrilla actions, without sufficient manpower.
President Leone has denounced the killings and urged Italians to remain calm in the meantime.
Since the police murders, two left-wing students have been shot and wounded outside a Rome office of Italy's neo-fascist Social Movement Party.
Police attributed the shootings to a group of right wingers.