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Since then He has been responsible for the murders of Don Mizzoni Amendola, the Roselli brothers, and the journalist Piero Gobetti, quite apart from the hundreds who have been the victims of His squadristi in Ferrara, Ravenna and Trieste, and the thousands who have perished in foreign places whose conquest was useless and pointless.
I want Fascist book-clubs even in the smallest towns, and I don't want the damned squadristi turning up and setting them on fire, is that clear?
The occupation of northern Italian factories during the "Red Years" of 1919-20 created the street-fighting squadristi that made up the shock troops of Fascism and gave Mussolini the leverage to assume power.
Mussolini acquired powerful backing by hiring his black-shirted squadristi out to property owners for the destruction of socialist and Communist unions and parties.
Black-shirted squadristi mounted nightly expeditions to sack and burn Labor Exchanges and local socialist offices, and beat and intimidate socialist organizers.