Italy: Regular Catastrophes

From the Alps to Sicily, 12 million workers walked off their jobs in a one-day general strike that paralyzed Italy. With Communist and anti-Communist unions allied in protest for the first time in twenty years, demonstrators poured into the piazzas of Rome and Milan to demand higher pension and social security benefits and to curse the rising cost of living. Outside the Fiat automobile plant in Turin, police broke up a riot with tear gas.

All over the nation, students left high schools and universities to march alongside the workers and shout their...

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