Left-wing workers attended a mass May Day rally in Rome on Monday (1 May) to be addressed by representatives of italy's three main trade union confederation.
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Background: Left-wing workers attended a mass May Day rally in Rome on Monday (1 May) to be addressed by representatives of italy's three main trade union confederation. And in West Berlin, some 35,000 left-wing students end workers marched through the working-class district of Neukolln in support of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland and his policy of increased dialogue with the Easter Bloc nations, or "Ostpolitik" as it's called - of which the treaties are a part.
In Rome, representatives of the communist-dominated CGIL, the left-wing Catholic CISL and the socialist UTL warned the nation's 20 million workers against the dangers of resurgent fascism in next Sunday's (7 May) general election. The neo-fascist Italian Social Movement (M.S.I.) is expected to make big gains in the elections -- reportedly by as much as ten per cent.
The union representatives also said that the coming autumn would be a time for great labour mobilisation. Hundreds of labour contracts come up for renewal around that time.
Police were on duty in Rome and in numerous other Italian cities and towns May Day rallies were taking place, but few incidents were reported.
In West Berlin, marchers carried red flags and banners as they showed their support for Herr Brandt's policies. The demonstrators had their own helmeted guards standing by to deal with possible right-wing attacks. But no trouble was reported.