ITALY: Big Brawl in Bologna

A leftist rebuke to Eurocommunism

The students and young workers descended on Bologna 20,000 strong. Most were dressed in faded jeans, and T shirts or windbreakers; some had daubed their faces with paint, imitating American Indians on the warpath. They surged through the graceful colonnaded streets into the vast Piazza Maggiore for a first skirmish with their avowed enemy: the Italian Communist Party (P.C.I.). As the throngs approached Bologna's huge Renaissance-style city hall, a handful of middle-aged Communist apparatchiks emerged to confront them. "We have been fighting to change things in Italy...

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