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    INTRODUCTION: Workers and students held rival protest demonstrations in Rome on Wednesday (23 March) as the Italian capital and the surrounding areas were brought to a halt by one-day strike of more than a million and a half workers.

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    INTRODUCTION: Workers and students held rival protest demonstrations in Rome on Wednesday (23 March) as the Italian capital and the surrounding areas were brought to a halt by one-day strike of more than a million and a half workers. The stoppage was called to protest against government economic plans and recent violent clashes between left-wing students and police.

    SYNOPSIS: The students and the three communist-dominated trade unions involved have quarrelled following left-wing students' criticism of the Communist Party and the unions for their tacit support of the minority government of Premier Guilio Andreotti. Wednesday's strike affected small neighbourhood shops as well as public transport, schools and industry throughout the region.

    The security forces were out in strength to stop any possible clashes between the two groups, but no incidents were reported. A crowd of over 100,000 gathered in a square near St. John's Lateran for a protest meeting addressed by senior trade union leaders.

    Communist union leader Luciano Lama, who had been the main target of student criticism, told the rally that government plans for reducing the automatic wage increases related to the cost of living remained unacceptable to the union movement. The union stand is backed by the Socialist and Communist Parties, whose support in Parliament is essential for the survival of the Andreotti government.

    The strike was postponed from last week because the Interior Ministry banned all assemblies or demonstrations following student violence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAGUPI1G2095ODYEAPQHOW58AT
    Media URN:
    VLVAGUPI1G2095ODYEAPQHOW58AT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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