Fontana del Piermarini, Milan

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The Piazza Fontana Bombing was a terrorist attack that occurred on 12 December 1969 when a bomb exploded at the headquarters of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana in Milan, Italy, killing 17 people and wounding 88. The same afternoon, three more bombs were detonated in Rome and Milan, and another was found unexploded.Piazza FontanaOn 25 April 1969 a bomb exploded at the Fiat booth at a Milan trade fair, in which five people were injured. There was also a bomb discovered at the city's central station. The explosion at Piazza Fortuno was not the first, but part of a well-coordinated series of attacks.VictimsDeaths of Pinelli and CalabresiThe Piazza Fontana bombing was initially attributed to anarchists. After over 80 arrests were made, suspect Giuseppe Pinelli, an anarchist railway worker, died after falling from the fourth floor window of the police station where he was being held. Serious discrepancies existed in the police account, which initially maintained that Pinelli had committed suicide by leaping from the window during a routine interrogation session. Three police officers interrogating Pinelli, including Commissioner Luigi Calabresi, were put under investigation in 1971 for his death, but a later inquiry filed October 25, 1975 concluded that there were no wrongdoings regarding Pinelli's death: public prosecutor Gerardo D'Ambrosio established that his fall had been caused by fainting and losing balance.Despite being exonerated, the far-left organisation Lotta Continua held Calabresi of being responsible for the death of Pinelli, and in 1972 he was murdered by left-wing militants in revenge. Adriano Sofri and Giorgio Pietrostefani, former leaders of Lotta Continua, were convicted of plotting Calabresi's assassination, while members Ovidio Bompressi and Leonardo Marino were sentenced for carrying it out.
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  • Unfortunately this little square, cute especially for the beautiful fountain in the Middle, is infamous for the slaughter at the agricultural Bank (note that despite no longer exists, the old term remained on the Bank building for posterity). It is quite different from taxi, tram and parking lots under siege, but the Central pitch is pleasant and pretty.
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  • A beautiful square where the only flaw is the part reserved to the local police, which leads to piazza Beccaria.
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  • Piazza Fontana is a nice area, a bit more quiet than the main Duomo square which is about a block or so away. There is a really lovely fountain in the piazza, which is not extravagant, but provides a ...  more »
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  • beautiful place
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  • Beautiful square, some green, though little, it's always nice in town!
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  • Beautiful square with a bit of green in the city centre
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