Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Venice poet fined for selling writings on the street

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(ANSA) - Venice, September 19 - Police in Venice have
charged a poet and confiscated his writings for selling them on
the streets.
Antonio Melis faces a fine of up to 60 euros for setting up
a folding table and asking for money in exchange for his verse
written on rolled-up scrolls of paper.
"He's not being charged for the sale itself," said Marco
Agostini, the director general of the Venice municipality. "It's
because he was on public ground. If (the charges) concerned the
actual sale, it would be a matter of vending without a permit,
which carries a fine of at least 5,000 euros".
Agostini said Melis should be held accountable to the same
rules as street artisans, such as landscape painters common
around all Italian art attractions who must have a permit.
Agostini added that the street bard was using his poetry
"as a way to beg for money".

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