The First of May is May Day. And May Day is Workers' Day - celebrated?
GV & SV Naval contingent march past Walter Ulbricht in East Berlin celebration march
LV Armoured cars past
SV Ulbricht and others applauding
SV Light tanks past
SV Soviet and East German military officers wave
SV Tanks past
LV Missiles past
TV & SV Ulbricht waves as civilians march past in opposite direction (5 shots)
SV & CU Communists marching with banners and flags in Milan celebrations (2 shots)
CU & SV trumpeter with marchers (3 shots)
SV PAN DOWN from Italian flag on building to police vehicles blocking roadways
SV Neo-Fascists marching with banners and flags (2 shots)
SV & CU Student movement meeting (3 shots)
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Background: The First of May is May Day. And May Day is Workers' Day - celebrated throughout the world. VISNEWS covered the celebrations in two European centres - East Berlin and Milan - and intercut the films to provide an contrast in ow May Day is observed. The East Germans, on the one had, held a formal military parade, while Italian workers held meetings, went on flag-waving marches and demonstrated against each other. There is good NATSOF in this production.
SYNOPSIS: May the First is May Day. And May Day is Workers' Day - celebrated through out the world. In East Berlin the occasion was marked by a military parade reviewed by East German leader Walter Ulbricht. It was the only Warsaw Pact country to display its military might, in a procession which built up gradually from small amphibious armoured cars to giant rockets.
The civilian marchers had to wait until the roar of heavy armour had died away -- but their style was as precise as the military forces. They, too, were acknowledged by Walter Ulbricht and his politburo officials.
In Milan, Italy, the occasion was celebrated less formally. There, workers and party members took to the streets for a day of marching, demonstrating, meeting and listening to political speakers - as well as attacking each other with banners and slogans Communists and Left-Communists vied with Neo-Fascists for the noisiest and most colourful processions, and each carried banners condemning the others.
Police, meanwhile, kept a careful eye on the situation from side-street vantage points, but no major incidents or clashes were reported. Red was the dominant colour of the occasion, which was ended with mass meetings in the ancient City's public squared. The workers ad their day all to themselves.