• Short Summary

    Thousands of demonstrating students marched through the streets of major Italian cities yesterday (Tuesday December 15), as half the country was paralysed by a wave of strikes demanding social reform from the government.

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    Thousands of demonstrating students marched through the streets of major Italian cities yesterday (Tuesday December 15), as half the country was paralysed by a wave of strikes demanding social reform from the government. The largest demonstration was in Milan, where 20,000 students staged a solemn and orderly protest against the death of a student during the violent riots last Saturday (December 12).

    The Milan students claim that the student, 23-year old Saverio Saltarelli, died after a violent blow on the head either from a rifle butt or possibly a tear-gas grenade fired at close range. The death brought to a head the nationwide student discontent over a shortage of classrooms and the alleged failure of the government to institute educational reforms.

    The demonstrations by the students were planned to coincide with the workers' strikes which included a nationwide three-hour stoppage on the railways. The strikes are part of a six-day series of staggered stoppages affecting the whole country. They have been called by Italy's three largest trade union confederation to demand social reforms from the four-month-old four-party coalition government, led by the Christian-Democrats.

    The workers' actions and the students' protests have also been intensified by the trial of alleged Basque guerrillas in Burgos, Spain.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAXGJ2JJ01UWDQY0WI3Y5E1VK5
    Media URN:
    VLVAXGJ2JJ01UWDQY0WI3Y5E1VK5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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