There was tension in the northern industrial city of Milan in Italy following the murder of a neo-fascist politician on Thursday (29 April).
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Background: There was tension in the northern industrial city of Milan in Italy following the murder of a neo-fascist politician on Thursday (29 April). Enrico Pedenovi, aged 50, was gunned down on his way home after having bought his morning newspaper.
The murder was quickly denounced by the leaders of all political parties and Pope Paul sent a special message of condolence, calling for calm and order in Milan, where the shooting of Signor Pedenovi was followed by several petrol bomb incidents and clashed between left and right-wing youths.
The following day (30 April) a young leftist, Gaetano Amoroso, stabbed by a gang of extreme right-wingers in a fight three days previously, died of his injuries in hospital in Milan. Ten youths have been arrested and charged in connection with his murder.
These incidents were part of a wave of political violence in Italy, prior to the resignation of the 11-week old minority government headed by Christian Democrat Prime Minister Aldo Moro on the night of Friday (30 April).
On Saturday (1 May) Italian President Giovanni Leone started a quick round of political consultation before dissolving parliament and setting a date for general elections which could, according to Reuters, bring the Communist Party into government.
SYNOPSIS: This is the place in Milan, Italy, where neo-fascist politician Enrico Pedenovi was murdered on Thursday. Signor Pedenovi was on his way home from a newspaper shop when he was gunned down. The killing was part of a wave of political violence in Italy prior to the resignation of Signor Moro's government of Friday.
The murder was quickly denounced by all political parties and Pope Paul sent a message of condolence, calling for calm and order in Milan, where the shooting of Signor Pedenovi was followed by several petrol bomb incidents and clashes between left and right-wing youths.
The killing came on the day when both neo-fascists and left-wingers had been planning to hold demonstration in Milan, but these were banned by the police, who kept watch in the streets in case of trouble.