ITALY: Riot Politics

ITALY THREATENED WITH CIVIL WAR, shrieked wire-service bulletins last week.

Italy was threatened with nothing of the sort. The fact was that Italy's Communist Party had made a major effort to topple the Tambroni government, had succeeded only in producing a series of bloody riots up and down Italy that unhappily cost eleven lives, but left the vast mass of Italy's citizens indifferent and even outraged.

It all began when the small neo-Fascist party scheduled a party congress in Genoa. The Communists, who have been chafing under the political ostracism they have suffered of recent years, saw a splendid opportunity to...

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