A letter written to the Italian Trotskyists in 1930 in which Trotsky deals with the question of the Constituent Assembly and the perspectives for Italy at that time. He severely criticises those who attempted to mix the slogan of the Constituent Assembly with that of workers' soviets, and also showed incredible insight into how the process would unfold once the Mussolini regime collapsed.

Jorge Martin's speaking tour of Italy came to a close last week with visits to Calabria, Sicily and Rome. All in all this was a very successful speaking tour, with some 1150 people participating in 20 meetings. (May 18, 2004)
See also in Spanish Termina con éxito la gira de la Campaña Manos Fuera de Venezuela en Italia 
And in Italian Ottima chiusura della campagna "Giù le mani dal Venezuela" in Italia

The political and social position in Italy is developing at a fast pace. After several years of social truce under the centre-left coalition government, a sharp conflict is developing. Although we are still at the beginning of the process, we can say that its consequences will be far-ranging, and that the struggle that is now opening will affect all layers in the society and will provoke an earthquake in the Italian workers' movement, in the unions and in the left in general.

As a result of the Hands Off Venezuela tour in Italy (see: Successful conclusion to the Hands Off Venezuela speaking tour in Italy), good links were established with the Metal Workers Federation of the CGIL, Italy's main union. Resolutions in support of the Bolivarian revolution and recognising the UNT as the representative of the Venezuelan workers were passed at the FIOM regional congresses in Campania, Emiglia Romagna and Lombardia (see: The trade union situation in Venezuela - Recognising the UNT as the union organizing the majority of workers). Now the National Congress of the FIOM-CGIL, which took place in Livorno on June 2nd to June 5th passed the same resolution, and the union's national secretary Gianni Rinaldini signed the Hands Off Venezuela appeal.

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