ITALY: Courageous Claudia Fights Back

Dozens of partisan supporters stormed out of the agitated Rome courtroom past tense police bailiffs with shouts of "Phony justice" and "Basta! Enough of violence against the bodies of women." Outside, more than 2,000 militant feminists crying "Viva Claudia!" and "Claudia is not afraid!" marched defiantly past riot police and raised their hands in a triangular sign denoting the womb. The gesture has become a feminist symbol of solidarity.

All the tumult in Rome concerned the tangled case of Claudia Caputi, 18, victim of a brutal gang rape last August, who has become a feminist heroine. In Italy's male-dominated Mediterranean...

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