ITALY: The Low-Profile Communists

When the workers' riots erupted in Poland, some of the loudest denunciations of the Communist bosses in Warsaw came from party spokesmen in Western Europe—most notably from the Red leaders of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. Guido Fanti, the Communist president of the region, rose before his 50-member council to deplore "the tragic events of Poland." The Communist mayor of Bologna, Renato Zangheri, expressed "the strongest condemnation of the use of arms" to suppress the revolt.

It was, in a way, no great surprise that the Italian Communists should be so quick to criticize...

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