ITALY: The Gentleman Fascist

"Without a doubt it is a political trial, the biggest political trial to unfold in Italy since after the war. I am not accused of having done anything, such as broken anybody's head, but only of having thought or said certain things. If I get up and say 'Viva il Duce!' I can go to jail for twelve years. If a Socialist does it, nothing happens."

The speaker was Giorgio Almirante, 58, the dapper chieftain of the far right, neo-Fascist Italian Social Movement (M.S.I.), the country's fourth largest political party. Two weeks ago,...

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