The final chapter in the personal story of murdered politician Aldo Moro closed in Italy on Wednesday (10 May).
GV Priest followed by mourners and coffin
SV Coffin PAN TO crowd
SV Hearse with coffin arriving at cemetery
CU Mrs. Eleanora Moro, with face in hands, beside car
GV Thousands of mourners arriving at cemetery
SV Coffin being carried into cemetery
SV Moro's daughter hurries past camera followed by Mrs. Moro (2 shots)
SV ROME: Pope Paul speaking about Moro
SV Pope speaking
GV Mass rally in Rome with demonstrators carrying banners (2 shots)
GV Workers marching
SV PULL OUT TO GV Moro Parliament buildings
CU PULL OUT TO GV More photograph and headline in newspaper
CU Photograph of Signor Moro with flowers in foreground
SV & CU People signing book, laying wreaths and weeping (5 shots)
SV INTERIOR TURIN: Red Brigades prisoners behind bars reading papers
GV & SVs Red Brigades leader Renato Curcio speaking and being led from court (4 shots)
The private funeral service had been Signor Moro's own wish, expressed in one of 15 letters he had written during his 54 days in captivity. His family were angry and embittered that the government had so rigidly refused to bargain with his captors for his life. Frec Briggs of the National Broadcasting Company Incorporated reports on this national tragedy:
BRIGGS: "This afternoon Aldo Moro's family, who bore the brunt of that shock, reclaimed the body. They left the morgue and drove to a small village. north of Rome, for a quiet funeral, although there will be one anyway on Saturday, but the Moro family doesn't plan to attend that. The state, they say, played a part in Moro's death by not listening to the Red Brigades' demands."
"Pope Paul very near to tears, called Moro's assassination a `bloody mark that dishonours Italy'.
"There were mass rallies here in Rome and in other major cities all over Italy protesting the assassination of Moro, and expressing anger at his murderers, anger directed at all terrorists. Aldo Moro wasn't Italy's most loved politician, perhaps not even the most respected one. But he was a symbol of the nations's post-war democracy. And so, the tiny street where Moro's body was found in a car yesterday became a kind of an instant shrine, just as the site of his kidnapping did eight weeks. ago. They came to sign a guest book, to bring flowers. Ordinary Romans, Christians, Communists, the rich, the poor, the middle class -- those who felt something missing and something was wrong. There were other incidents in Italy today.
"In Turin, Renato Curcio, on trial with other members of the brigades, was taken from the courtroom after shouting `Moro's killing was an act of revolutionary justice'."
On Wednesday, as the nation grieved, Italy's Interior Minister Francesco Cossiga resigned his office. His resignation statement said he assumed responsibility for the government's stand during the prolonged, (and unsuccessful)manhunt following the abduction on March the 16th when Moro's five bodyguards were shot dead. Signor Cossiga said `I accept serenely the full political and moral responsibility as Minister of the Interior'. The State funeral service was scheduled to be held in the St. John Lateran Church in Rome on Saturday, 13 May. An estimated 70,000 people demonstrated outside the church on Wednesday to mourn Signor Moro's death.
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Background: The final chapter in the personal story of murdered politician Aldo Moro closed in Italy on Wednesday (10 May). Nation-wide grief overwhelmed the wishes of this family for private mourning for the ex-premier whose bullet-riddled body was found in a car in central Rome on Tuesday (9 May). His body was buried in a friend's family tomb at a church in Torrita Tiberina, 37 kilometres (22 miles) from Rome. Only his closest friends and relatives attended the funeral service with dozens of villagers, who packed the small church. Pope Paul VI said the assassination of Signor Moro was like a stain of blood which had dishonoured Italy. The left-wing extremists, the Red Brigades had kidnapped Signor More in Rome on 16 March and left his body in the car only a short distance from the headquarters of his political party, the Christian Democrats. On Wednesday, at the continuing trial of 15 Red Brigades leaders in Turin, their leader, Renato Curcio, cried from the dock cage in the court that the killing of Signor Moro had been `the highest act of humanity possible in this society divided into classes'. After another defendant, Alberto Franceschini, had shouted about the struggles of the proletariat, the judge ordered both men removed from court.