About 50,000 persons attended the funeral of Walter Rossi, the twenty-years old left-wing student killed by a young fascist on friday night.
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Background: About 50,000 persons attended the funeral of Walter Rossi, the twenty-years old left-wing student killed by a young fascist on friday night. The fascist killer has still not been found by police though fifteen youths have been arrested in connection with the shooting and are still detained. In the meantime police have also closed three MSI party sections (MSI - Italian Social Movement (Neo-Fascist party) in Rome which have been identified as the centers of extremist right-wing provocation.
Yesterday, immediately after the funeral, angry left-wing youths, in an effort to set fire to other MSI party centers, clashed violently with police, who were located in front of these MSI centers.
During the clashes a policeman was shot in the shoulders and a carabiniere (para-military police) was burned by a molotov.
Three civilians standing by were also injured by tear gas grenades of molotovs, though not seriously.
Left-wing political forces in the country are demanding that the MSI party be outlawed on the basis of the Italian constitutional laws that forbid the re-organizing of any fascist - type parties. The MSI, these people claim, is decidedly neo-fascist, its members, especially the youth, make frequent use of violence against political opponents.
The incident which caused the death of Walter Rossi occurred neo-fascists had shot a young left-wing girl in the legs. Walter Rossi was among youths who had come to demonstrate against this action and while he was distributing leaflets against the MSI he was shot. Yesterday morning, a group of young men, shot a woman member of the Communist party and it is thought they were the same assailants of the previous incident to young girl.