EUROPE: Bread & Circuses

In Rome, as May Day began, five armed raiders slipped into the radio station at suburban Monte Mario, overpowered attendants, seized the master transmitter. Into the microphone they shouted the Blackshirt war cry, "Duce, a noi!"—"Duce, to us!" They played a recording of the Blackshirt war song, Giovinezza. They declaimed: "Italians! Remember Mussolini made our country great and powerful! We have not been freed but occupied. Slaves, arise and liberate yourselves!"

Twelve minutes after their arrival, the raiders fled. Police cars sent out to pursue them made a wrong turning, pulled up...

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