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.
CU Poster announcing ban on demonstration.
CU AND GV Flowers and wreaths on road where policeman was shot. (3 shots)
GV Crowd in street.
CU AND GV Police mingling with crowd.
GV Police vehicles parked in road.
GV Armed riot police in street. (4 shots)
GV Speaker using loud hailer on van to announce reasons for banning demonstration.
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Background: 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.