ITALY: Protesting Rumor's Remedies

As Italians basked in their first hot summer weather last week, they were in an "If this is Tuesday, it must be Tuscany" mood that had nothing to do with the country's annual swarm of tourists. In Tuscany, the Piedmont and Sicily, Italy's three giant labor federations called carefully orchestrated half-day work stoppages to protest government fiscal policy. Each day the protests occurred in a different region. In Turin, 25,000 auto workers poured into Piazza San Carlo for a noisy protest. Then in Florence, 40,000 mounted a parade. In Sicily, in turn, peasant farmers waved large banners that said...

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