ITALY: Week of Experiment

Palmiro Togliatti's Italian Communists last week decided to test their muscles. For the experiment they chose Rome itself. The action consisted of a taut parade of 30,000 Communist partisans, followed by a general strike—all painstakingly stage-set as a pageant of Communist power. But the action drifted away from the script; toward the end there were touches of Mardi gras and, finally, Italian Communism's worst humiliation.

"The Ideal of Conspiracy." Quietly the Communists had mobilized buses and trucks all over Italy. Before the government of Christian Democrat Premier Alcide de Gasperi quite knew...

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