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发表于 2016-7-9 23:20:53 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  March 16
          The Red Brigade has said it kidnapped former Italian premier Aldo Moro
          1978: Aldo Moro snatched at gunpoint
          England have
          Former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro has been kidnapped in Rome.
          Mr Moro"s escort of five police bodyguards were killed when he was snatched
at gunpoint from a car near a cafe in the morning rush-hour.
          Chief police investigator Signor Moro said 12 gunmen took part in the
attack on the former prime minister as he was being driven to parliament.
          Police have set up dozens of roadblocks and all exits from the city are
being watched. Helicopters are hovering overhead and anti-terrorist officers
have been sent to the airport.
          The extreme left-wing Red Brigade, in a telephone call to a Rome newspaper,
has said it kidnapped the Christian Democratic leader, 61.
          A spokesman said: "We kidnapped Aldo Moro. He is only our first victim. We
shall hit at the heart of the state."
          The man demanded that the Turin trial of Renato Curcio, who is suspected of
leading the Red Brigade, and 14 others accused of membership of the group should
be suspended.
          Witnesses reported seeing a white Fiat car move in front of Mr Moro"s
vehicle, along with a man on a motorbike. The Fiat braked hard and Mr Moro"s car
crashed into it.
          Gunmen jumped out of the Fiat and others who had been waiting nearby raised
pistols and sub-machine guns.
          Trade unions have called a 24-hour general strike and workers have left
many shops and offices in the city in a shocked reaction to the kidnapping of
the much-respected statesman.
          Investigators are examining spent bullet cases at the scene of the crime
and among guns seized they found "a rarely used Soviet weapon".
          Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti has condemned those who took Mr Moro,
saying they were "destroying the fabric of the nation and threatening to make it
ungovernable".
          Marshal Tito looks on as the Duke of Edinburgh shakes hands with Mr
Churchill
          1953: Marshal Tito makes historic visit to London
          Artificially 1969:
          The Marshal Josef Tito of Yugoslavia has arrived in Britain, the first
Communist head of state to visit the country.
          The Duke of Edinburgh, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Foreign
Secretary Anthony Eden greeted him at Westminster at the start of his five-day
visit.
          He arrived by sea from Yugoslavia in the naval vessel Galeb (Seagull). He
was then brought up river under Royal Navy escort.
          Marshal Tito was invited to Britain last September by Mr Eden who was
visiting Yugoslavia to strengthen ties between the two nations.
          Talks this week are expected to centre on the aftermath of the recent death
of Josef Stalin, who expelled Yugoslavia from the Cominform group of communist
nations in 1948 for failing to adhere to Soviet policies.
          Since that time Yugoslavia has come to rely on Western aid for certain
foods and armaments.
          They will also discuss ways of achieving a solution to the problem of the
disputed region of Trieste, whose administration was divided last year between
the United Nations and Yugoslavia.
          Tight security
          Security was tight as the occasion has been marked by a great deal of
controversy, especially among those Yugoslav exiles who regard Marshal Tito as a
dictator.
          Spectators were kept well away from the River Thames embankment where the
marshal disembarked this afternoon.
          He shook hands with the Duke and made a short speech in faltering English
greeting the people of Britain and expressing hope of mutual co-operation,
understanding and peace.
          "I wish to assure the peoples of Great Britian that they should consider
the people of my country as their staunch allies because the people of the new
Yugoslavia are striving towards the same ends as the people of Great Britain,"
he said.
          He then inspected the Guard of Honour and was taken in a bullet-proof car
escorted by police motorcyclists to Downing Street.
          Later in the afternoon he laid a wreath at the Cenotaph and saluted
Britain"s war dead.
          Vocabulary:
          staunch: firm and steadfast; true(坚定的)
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