ITALY: Partisans in Arms

All across northern Italy thousands of armed partisans suddenly took to the hills last week. Hurriedly the Government gave in to their chief demands: inclusion of partisans among 15,000 police soon to be appointed; payment to partisans for war damage to their homes; release of jailed partisans pending study of their cases; retention of wartime rank by partisans in the police. Thereupon, some partisans went home; many remained in the hills

Some observers thought the movement, despite its peculiarly widespread character, was spontaneous. Giuseppe Lorenzini, a partisan brigade leader, declared that it had been fomented and financed by the Communist Party....

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