Western terrorism and the consequences
Today's demonstration commemorating the victims of right-wing terror.
On August 2, 1980 at 10:25 am, at the height of tourist season, a powerful bomb exploded in the 2nd class waiting room at the Bologna railway station in Italy. The blast killed 85, including nearly a dozen Americans, and wounded 200. The city with its long tradition of progressive leftism, Bologna was targeted by rogue CIA agents from a cell calling itself Gladio, in the hopes of provoking a violent reaction by the left, which would then lead to a state of emergency and an excuse for mass arrests netting Italian communists and socialists.
Bombing suspects Fabio De Felice and Maurizio Giorgi--having ties to P2, Italian military intelligence agency SISMI and the far right--were acquitted for lack of evidence by a Bologna court on July 18, 1990, ten years after the crime.
Today Bologna remembers the victims of this unpunished cruel and indescriminate bombing.
Image galleries at La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera.