ITALY: Radical Trashers

The more Italy's Communists try to prove their respectability, the more they enrage the nation's youthful radicals. Last week Luciano Lama, Communist boss of Italy's largest trade union, appeared on the campus of Rome University and scolded them for their "destructiveness." That word had scarcely been uttered when a mob of masked extremists charged the red cloth-draped podium. Pitching Molotov cocktails, iron bolts and even paving stones, they sent Lama and his brawny aides scurrying for cover. The toll: 60 people injured, and a new victory for Italy's increasingly pugnacious extreme left wing.

The growing attacks on Communists are a...

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