Thousands of left-wing students demonstrated in Milan on Saturday (18 March) to protest against what was called the "fascism" of the present government.
Thousands of left-wing students demonstrated in Milan on Saturday (18 March) to protest against what was called the "fascism" of the present government. The demonstrators were also opposing right-wing demonstrations which have been held in Italy recently. Three separate groups gathered in Milan's Piazza del Duomo to stage the demonstration. The Italian Communist Union and the extra-parliamentary extreme left-wing party gathered to oppose the government's policies while members of the Italian Student Movement protested against the death of left-wing millionaire publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. They allege that his death was the result of a right-wing plot.
Although police strength in the area was strong, there were no incidents.
The death of Sr. Feltrinelli has heightened political tension in Milan--already high with general elections being planned for May 7. The elections are being held a year ahead of time after the collapse of the centra-left coalition and has come after years of political uncertainty marked by street violence, sabotage attempts and a neo-fascist upsurge.