• Short Summary

    Police battled with left-wing demonstrators in most major Italian cities on Friday (18 April) after mass meetings held to coincide with a nation-wide one-hour strike to protest against alleged right-wing violence.

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    Police battled with left-wing demonstrators in most major Italian cities on Friday (18 April) after mass meetings held to coincide with a nation-wide one-hour strike to protest against alleged right-wing violence.
    Millions of workers downed their tools throughout the country in condemnation of "a spiral of violence primed by Fascist forces" after the deaths of two left-wing activists in Milan. One was shot dead by an alleged right-winger on Wednesday night (16 April) and the second was crushed by a police truck during bloody riots in the northern industrial city on Thursday (17 April) that involved some 30,000 leftists.
    Police said that most of Friday's demonstrations were peaceful -- but in Milan some 25,000 leftists were again on the streets and small commando bands, their faces masked by scarves, wrecked at least three right-wing bars. Shop windows were smashed, the offices of the Spanish airline Iberia were attacked, automobiles were set ablaze, and the offices of two parliamentarians belonging to the neo-Fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI) were invaded, ransacked and set ablaze with petrol bombs. The Milan office of the Social Democratic Party also was attacked.
    In Rome, leftists hurling stones and petrol bombs and armed with iron bars battled police, who responded with barrages of tear-gas and baton charges. Several shots were fired in a pitched battle outside the offices of the MSI-dominated trade union CISNAL.
    Similar confrontations took place in Turin, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Cagliari and Naples, but police said the main student demonstrations in all these cities were peaceful and attributed the violence to splinter groups who broke away from the main processions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAURB02AWTZPB380W97GXAAIHM
    Media URN:
    VLVAURB02AWTZPB380W97GXAAIHM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A
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    ITALY: POLICE BATTLE LEFT-WING DEMONSTRATORS AS PROTESTS SPREAD THROUGHOUT ITALY AGAINST ALLEGED RESURGENCE OF FASCIST VIOLENCE. ITALY: POLICE BATTLE LEFT-WING DEMONSTRATORS AS PROTESTS SPREAD THROUGHOUT ITALY AGAINST ALLEGED RESURGENCE OF FASCIST VIOLENCE.

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