ITALY: Blood in the Palace

Outside Rome's Viminale Palace (seat of the Government) a huge crowd of paper-hatted, overalled workers and homeless war veterans shivered patiently in the first chill of approaching winter. Inside, spokesmen sought to air their grievance: 30,000 laborers had been discharged that morning from public-works projects.

But the Government would not listen. The crowd's patience changed, to sullenness, to anger; shouts became a frenzied roar. Socialist Vice Premier Pietro Nenni tried to mollify them. Later, a shirtless young man in blue overalls said:

"I was among those who lifted him up and carried...

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