ITALY: Boycott

At Rome, assembled the Italian Parliament minus its Opposition. Some 150 Socialist Deputies, true to their promise made after the murder of Matteotti (TIME, June 23), boycotted the Legislature with the result that 250 Fascisti and a mere handful of Liberals and Communists disported themselves on the benches and tried to make the Chamber of Deputies look crowded.

The opening proceedings were entirely uncharacteristic of Italian Parliaments. Whatever the Fascisti said, only the Fascisti could applaud or boo. And, more strange, there was a total absence of that usually irresistible temptation...

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