ITALY: Asking for Trouble

Italy's Reds dislike Mario Scelba with a special fervor. For Premier Scelba is a double threat: he leans to the left with a program that competes for the workman's allegiance, he is also the tough-minded Interior Minister who in 1948 cowed Italy's rioting Reds with his jeep-riding celere. Last week, as Scelba prepared to ask the Senate and Chamber to confirm his new government, the Communists took after him in the piazza and in Parliament.

Italy's biggest trade union, the Red-led C.G.I.L.. called 24-hour general strikes on the pretext of demanding an overdue...

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