Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Protesters defy police ban on procession as ILVA talks start


(ANSA) - Rome, August 17 - A group of protesters in the
southern Italian city of Taranto on Friday defied a ban by local
authorities and assembled just as government ministers arrived
to discuss how to handle the troubled ILVA steel mill that is
facing possible closure.
A symbolic procession was taking place along the central
via D'Aquino street in Taranto, near where Industry Minister
Corrado Passera and Environment Minister Corrado Clini are
meeting to discuss measures to avoid a possible plant closure
due to environmental and health violations.
The government and ILVA are embroiled in a fierce legal
standoff with a local tribunal that has ordered the partial
closure of the plant until it is upgraded to meet international
standards amid concerns it has been generating pollution for
years that threatens the health of workers and local residents.
The company said closure would put the livelihood of the
12,000 people it employs, as well as the jobs of many other
people in the related supply chain.

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