ITALY: To the Barricades!

Bald, pale Mario Scelba, Italy's tough Minister of the Interior, had studied a Cominform directive found by his police on a Red courier en route to France from Bulgaria. Scelba was convinced that French and Italian Communists were under orders to launch a spring offensive. One day last week he warned his fellow ministers: "We are in an emergency." He asked and received extraordinary power to keep public order, including reinforcements for the police and a ban on all public and factory meetings.

"Rearming of the poor people's assassins!" howled the Communist press....

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