About a hundred thousand Italians gathered in a Rome square yesterday (June 19) to celebrate the neo-fascist party gain in last weekend's (June 14) local government elections in Italy.
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SV Secretary of neofascist party Giorgio Almirante speaking from dais in square
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Background: About a hundred thousand Italians gathered in a Rome square yesterday (June 19) to celebrate the neo-fascist party gain in last weekend's (June 14) local government elections in Italy. The elections were the first big test of electoral opinion since the present coalition Government took power ten months ago, and the neo-fascists' average gain of about eight per cent could -- according to reports -- affect the stability of the Government. The neo-fascists, meanwhile, are in a jubilant mood.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of jubilant Italians gathered in a Rome squares on Saturday to celebrate the gain by the neo-fascist party in recent country-wide local government elections. The M.S.I., or neofascist party, admires the late dictator Benito Mussolini. They claim that their average eight per cent gain int he elections reflects a major swing to the right.
One of the most jubilant of all was the M.S.I. party leader, Secretary Giorgio Almirante, who addressed the crowd at the rally.
The gains his party made, he told the crowd, were a significant anti-Government vote and a definite indication that the people wanted more law and order. His party, which had it biggest increase in the Sicilian Regional Government, also made big gains in Rome. Its success comes against a background of national discontent caused by an economic recession, labour unrest, mounting crime, political violence, and general instability. The chief loser in the elections were the Christian Democrats, Italy's biggest party.