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ITALY: Battle of the Inkpots

Through a Sicilian mountain valley 400 workers and peasants were making their way to a May Day celebration. They carried red flags and sang Communist songs. At a crossroad shots rang out. According to the most coherent accounts, they were fired from machine guns by men on horseback. Ten peasants (including one woman) were killed, more than 30 injured. Next day, in the Italian Constituent Assembly, the battle was resumed.

Interior Minister Mario Scelba (Christian Democrat) reported to his fellow assemblymen that, so far as the police could determine, the Sicilian shooting...

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