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Lelio Basso - Early life, In the Resistance and the early Italian Republic, PSI-PSIUP split, As lawyer

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Italian politician, born in Varazze, Liguria, NW Italy. He opposed the Fascists and became secretary of the PSI (Italian Socialist Party) in 1948–9, switching to the more radical PSIUP (Italian Socialist Party of Proletarian Unity) in 1964. A deputy of the Italian parliament from 1946, he headed the Russell tribunal against repression in Latin America in 1973 and established the ‘Basso Foundation’.

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