Italy came to a temporary halt on Wednesday (29 May) as a four-hour general strike, mounted against the previous day's bomb blast in Brescria, crippled the country.
GV PAN Sation
GV INT. PAN People milling around concourse
GV's PANS Plat-forms and tracks (2 shots)
GV Deserted depot and empty tramacar PAN TO demo near colisseum (2 shots)
SV Demosntrastors towards camera carrying banenr and shouting slogans
SV Women distributes leaflets to crowd PAN TO marchers
GTV PAN Mass demosntration march
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Background: Italy came to a temporary halt on Wednesday (29 May) as a four-hour general strike, mounted against the previous day's bomb blast in Brescria, crippled the country.
Six people were killed and 94 injured during an anti-Fascist demonstration. The bomb blast is assumed to have been the work of neo-Fascists. Police sources said a young Brescial doctor, belonging to a local neo-Nazi organisation, wa arrested during the night. They would not, however, confirm that the arrest was connected with the bombing.
Factories, shops, schools and public transport closed down throughout the country as thousands of people took to the streets in organised rallies and marches.
In Rome, a crowd estimated at between 50,000 and 100,000 gathered in the city centre and marched through the streets. They clashed with the police on several occasions. The police fired shots in to the air as 16 offices were inured in violent leashes with splinter groups of the Left.
There were similar scenes and incidents throughout the country, particularly in Milan where an enormous rally of anti-Fascists took to the streets and erupted into violence on several occasions.
The Brescia bombing is the bloodiest political killing in Italy since a bomb at the Milan Bank of Agriculture killed 16 and injured 88 in December, 1969.