Not like Communist parties elsewhere. It was more like a party.

I shouldn't say was, because it still is, but its heyday is passed.

Because of the Italian influence, the party was less abstract, more rooted in real-life experience. Oddly enough, it was very Catholic, though not religious, partaking of that part of the church that believed in God and love but was not interested in kissing up to the local priest.

Once a year they would hold local Unity festivals, where everyone would overeat and have lots of fun.