It Italy, there has been a state funeral for Signor Vittorio Bachelet -- a leading Roman Catholic and judicial authority.
SV: Vittorio Bachelet's wife being helped away after viewing husbands body. (2 shots)
SV: Red Brigades slogans being wiped from wall at Rome University
SCU: Bunch of flowers on door of University
GV: Body of Signor Bachelet being carried from university through crowds to waiting vehicle
CU: Man reading about assassination in newspaper
CU: Magistrates building sign
SV: Christian Democrat leader, Tina Arselmi, entering building, followed by Admiral (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO CU: Mourners passing by body. (2 shots)
GV: Demonstrators with flags at rally against terrorism listening to speakers (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR: Church ZOOM IN TO guard of Honour around coffin
GV: Italian President Sandro Pertini, walking through congregation and takes place with other government members
SV: Bachelet's wife with mourners
SV AND GV: President Pertini watches as service proceeds.
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Background: It Italy, there has been a state funeral for Signor Vittorio Bachelet -- a leading Roman Catholic and judicial authority. Red Brigade guerrillas claimed responsibility for the attack on the 53 year old professor at Rome University on Tuesday (12 February). The assassination of Signor Bachelet is considered to be the most serious since the killing of the Christian Democrat leader, Aldo Moro, two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Signor Bachelet was gunned down on the campus of Rome University. His wife was one of the first people police allowed to view the body. It was the thirteenth guerrilla killing in Italy so far this year.
Signor Bachelet had just finished a lecture when he was confronted by a youth and a young woman. The girl fired seven shots at the professor before she and her companion fled from the campus and escaped in a waiting car.
Italy's trade unions called for a work stoppage to register their condemnation of the attack, but the following day (13 February) commercial life went on as usual. But thousands of students, teachers and politicians thronged the campus to pay tribute to Signor Bachelet. Heavily armed police and armoured cars surrounded Rome University, as prominent Italians condemned the murder in speeches.
Several thousand people paid homage beside the body which was laid out in the building of the Higher Judicial Council, of which Signor Bachelet was deputy president.
Outside, some twenty thousand students workers and teachers demonstrated peacefully against the murder. Italian police, meanwhile, announced that they had found the getaway car and had prepared 'identikit' pictures of the killers.
The State funeral for Signor Bachelet took place on Thursday (14 February) at the Church of San Roberto Bellarmino in Rome. Among the many politicians, religious leaders and mourners was the Italian President, Sandro Pertini, and members of the Cabinet. Before the funeral, Pope John Paul -- who knew Signor Bachelet well -- made a passionate appeal against guerrilla violence. He described the killing as a "horrible, base attack which has been added to the tragic chain of cruel crimes that for too long have been staining Italy with blood".
Signor Bachelet was a former President of Catholic Action -- Italy's largest lay Catholic organisation -- and he worked with the present Pope at the Vatican Council in 1969. The Italian Government has called a special meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss the problem of the country's continuing guerrilla violence.