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    INTRODUCTION Fighting broke out again around Rome University on Friday night (22 April), and the students' radio said that riot police had been rushed to the scene.

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    INTRODUCTION Fighting broke out again around Rome University on Friday night (22 April), and the students' radio said that riot police had been rushed to the scene. The Italian Government had responded to the previous day's violence by warning student demonstrators who fired guns that the police had been instructed to fire back.

    SYNOPSIS: The government also posted notices declaring a ban on any further demonstrations until the end of May. On Thursday (21 April) one policeman had been shot dead during a violent demonstration near the University campus. The following day, flowers and wreaths had been placed on the spot where the officer had died. Other demonstrations planned by the students did not in fact take place.

    Throughout Friday, however, the city experienced an uneasy calm. The Italian Cabinet had met early to discuss the previous day's unrest, and it was afterwards that the Interior Minister, Francesco Cossiga, announced the ban on demonstrations.

    The student protesters are bitterly opposed to the minority Christian Democratic Government and the educational reform which it drew up without student participation. Several other incidents had added to the city's tension.

    During Thursday night a right-winger had shot and wounded two left-wing students on a bus. And at the Piazza del Popolo a bomb had exploded outside a police station.

    The students held a meeting at the University and voted to condemn efforts to divert the student movement from its goals. In Bologna, some left-wing students tried to stage a march through the city centre, but disbanded when confronted by police. However, in the renewed violence on Friday night, the students' radio claimed there had been more shooting.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEMQ457SDN0G59SCMJ3N7DJX66
    Media URN:
    VLVAEMQ457SDN0G59SCMJ3N7DJX66
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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