The men claiming to be Red Brigades urban guerrillas shot dead the Personnel Director of a Milan engineering firm on an underground train in Milan on Wednesday (12 November).
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Background: The men claiming to be Red Brigades urban guerrillas shot dead the Personnel Director of a Milan engineering firm on an underground train in Milan on Wednesday (12 November). As news of the shooting spread through the city trade unionists and workers staged a spontaneous march through the streets of Milan in protest at what they described as 'terrorist groups'.
SYNOPSIS: Renato Beiano, of the Ercole Marelli company which makes industrial motors, was hit in the head by a single bullet. The two young men responsible had apparently travelled near him on the train for several stations. Witnesses said the men pulled out pistols, shouting 'Nobody move, Red Brigades', shot Mr. Briano and escaped as the automatic doors began to close. Both men were muffled in scarves and work dark glass, and as they jumped off the train one of them shouted 'He was an exploiter'. Passengers operated the emergency alarm but it took effect only when the train emerged from the tunnel, at the next station, giving the killers time to escape. Police immediately launched an intensive search for the men. It was the first killing claimed by the Red Brigades, Italy's most prominent left-wing group, for almost five months. Their last attack for on a Rome public prosecutor in June.
At Wednesday's (12 November) demonstration the protesters listened to speeches denouncing the resurgence of urban guerrilla warfare. Since June police have arrested dozens of terrorist suspects, leading to speculation that the guerrilla threat might be over. The Red Brigades attracted world attention by kidnapping and subsequently assassinating former Italian Premier Aldo Moro in 1978 and murdering or maiming magistrates, businessmen and police. In recent months police were beginning to feel they had broken the spine of Italy's left-wing guerrilla network. But one speaker at Wednesday's demonstration called for the death penalty for terrorists, saying the only solution to anarchic violence lay in drastic measures by the legal authorities.