Italian premier antonio Segni and Communist leader Palmiro Togliatti, were filmed by VISNEWS June 4-5 addressing different meetings during regional election campaigns in Sicily.
GV. Street with election banners and loudspeaker vans in Catania.
LV.PAN.From man looking at election posters to posters.
CU. Poster Vote for Segni
GV.PAN.From Segni poster to busy street.
CU. Communist poster.
CU. Man reading election board.
GV.PAN. Over mass crowd listening to Premier Segni speech.
GV.PAN. Over crowd carrying election banners Vote for Segni.
LV. Premier Segni addressing crowd.
SV. People listening.
CU. Segni making speech.
SV. Crowd clapping and cheering
GV.PAN. Over crowd cheering.
GV. Mass crowd waving flags and banners at Communist meeting.
SV. Ditto with banners Vote for Togliatti
GV. Communist leader Togliatti addressing crowd.
SV Police hold beck crowd.
SCU. Togliatti making speech.
TV. Crowd cheering.
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Background: Italian premier antonio Segni and Communist leader Palmiro Togliatti, were filmed by VISNEWS June 4-5 addressing different meetings during regional election campaigns in Sicily.
The mainly impoverished islanders of this semi-autonomous region, went to the polls June 7, to elect 90 members to the Assembly.
Present President of the region, Signor Milazzi, has broken away from the national Christian Democratic party, and has been governing with the aid of Communists, Left-Wing Socialist and neo-Fascists.
Roman Catholic by religion, the island's near three million voters were faced with the Pope's decree not to vote Communist. Over half the electors are women.
Italians on the mainland see the contest as a challenge to the ruling Christian Democrats in Rome, to the northern industrialists exploiting the island, and the Church.