ITALY: Preview in Pescara

The Reds had sized up the Pescara election issues admirably. In World War II, the city's railroad station, a frequent target of Allied planes, attracted a rain of bombs that rocked Pescaresi homes. The people wanted a new station built outside the city limits; the Christian Democratic government had refused. The Reds promised to move the station.

The promises had paid off. In their first local warm-up for the national elections on April 18, the month-old Socialist-Communist "Popular Democratic Front" elected 21 (eleven of them Communists) to the 40-man municipal council. The Socialist-Communist share of the vote had jumped from...

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