COMMUNISTS: Nothing to Shout About

Fewer than 10,000 of the Communist faithful clustered in Milan's vast Piazza del Duomo last week under a roof of black, rain-spattered umbrellas. The square was two-thirds empty. Soggy onlookers drifted away for hot drinks in nearby cafes. In Rome, a damp crowd sang dispiritedly in the Piazza del Popolo. A newsboy hawked the Communist newspaper: "Here's Unità. If you can't read, stand under it." The Reds' May Day show in Italy, billed in advance as the biggest & best ever, was a sodden fizzle.

Elsewhere in Europe the weather was better on...

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