INTRODUCTION: The congress of the neo-fascist Italian Social movement, the MSI, began in Rome on Friday (14 January), after being delayed because of bombing incident.
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SV Delegates applauding (2 shots)
SV Almirante speaking as delegates listen (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The congress of the neo-fascist Italian Social movement, the MSI, began in Rome on Friday (14 January), after being delayed because of bombing incident. The conference hall in which the meeting was held was severely damaged by fire earlier in the week and an extreme left-wing urban guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
SYNOPSIS: But on Friday the 1,800 delegates had more pressing matters on their mind. During the three-day meeting they must decide if they'll continue backing the leadership of Giorgio Almirante.
The party was badly beaten in the elections last June when the number of Members of Parliament decreased from 56 to 35. Then, last month, 19 moderate MPs quit the party to form a new one, called National Democracy.
Those who left were considered by observers to have a moderating influence on party policy and to attract the middle class vote. But the disgruntled MPs accused the MSI of being too far to the right, of protecting extremist members and supporting violence. They claim these mistakes contributed to the heavy losses in the last elections.
As Signor Almirante was addressing delegates, the police fired machine-gun bursts to separate rival political factions outside the hall. About 200 youths broke away from a march of about 3,000 leftists demonstrating against the congress and threw molotiv cocktails at nearby shops.