Hundreds of Rome students battled with police, Feb 25, when their protest march to the Austrian Embassy was broken-up by car-loads of baton-swinging police.
3 SHOTS -- CROWDS THROUGH STREET
MAN YELLING AT CROWD
POLICE IN JEEP PAST CAMERA
2 SHOTS -- PEOPLE SCATTER
CROWDS THROUGH STREET
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Background: Hundreds of Rome students battled with police, Feb 25, when their protest march to the Austrian Embassy was broken-up by car-loads of baton-swinging police. This was the third successive day of demonstration over the Austrian- Italian South Tyrol dispute.
This territory, Italian since the first world war defeat of Austria, is populated by 220,000 Austrians and 120,000 Italians. In recent years Italy has opened the flood-gates in an attempt, so the Austrian South Tyroleans allege, to Italianize the region.
The Austrian Tyroleans, with support of the Austrian Government are demanding more self-rule and accusing Italy of violating an agreement made after the second world war. A deputation from the South tyrol People's Party went to Vienna recently and the Italian Press spoke of treason.
AMERICANS, WHO HAVE A CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDER, SELDOM GATHER IN MASS MEETINGS TO GAIN ATTENTION FOR THEIR GRIPS (CQ). THEY MIGHT WRITE THEIR CONGRESSMAN OR VOTE A RASCAL OUT ON ELECTION DAY.
BUT IN EUROPE AND IN THE ORIENT MOBS WILL TURN OUT ON CUE.
THIS STUDENT DEMONSTRATION IN ROME WAS DUPLICATED IN MILAN, NAPLES AND OTHER ITALIAN CITIES. THEY ARE SUPPORTING ITALY'S RULE OVER THE BOLZANO (CQ) PROVINCE ON THE AUSTRIAN BORDER -- AN AREA ITALY GOT FOLLOWING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. TWO-HUNDRED--THOUSAND GERMAN-SPEAKING PEOPLE LIVE IN THAT ITALIAN PROVINCE. AUSTRIAN RECENTLY CRITICIZED ITALY'S ALLEGED DIS-REGARD FOR THEIR INTERESTS (ALL CQ). IN ROME. THESE DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED ON THE AUSTRIAN EMBASSY, BUT POLICE BROKE UP THE MOB.