New Red Brigades/Communist
Combatant Party (BR/PCC)
This Marxist-Leninist group is a successor to the Red Brigades,
active in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to ideology, both groups
share the same symbol, a five-pointed star inside a circle. The
group is opposed to Italy’s foreign and labor policies and
BR/PCC first struck in May 1999 claiming responsibility for the
assassination of Labor Minister advisor Massimo D’Antona.
In March 2002, the group assassinated Professor Marco Biagi, also
a Labor Minister advisor.
One person arrested in conjunction with the Biagi attack was released
later on a technicality. In 2001, Italian police arrested a suspected
Red Brigade member in connection with a bombing in April at the
Institute for International Affairs in Rome. May finance its activities
through armed robberies.
Estimated at fewer than 30 members; probably augments its strength
through cooperation with other leftist groups in Italy, such as
the Anti-Imperialist Territorial Nuclei.
Has obtained weapons from abroad.