Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Rail-link protesters arrested over TV crew attack, raid


Turin, November 29 - Nine people were placed under
house arrest on Thursday in connection with protests over the
construction of the controversial Italo-French high-speed rail
link between Turin and Lyon.
Two known anarchists were arrested for allegedly attacking
a television crew working for the website of Italian daily
newspaper Corriere della Sera in February.
The attack took place near the Turin-Bardonecchia motorway
in the municipality of Chianocco.
Here a group of assailants prevented the crew from filming
their report, seized their vehicle, documents and other items
and damaged equipment.
Seven members of local left-wing squats were also placed
under house arrest over their alleged involvement in an August
raid on the premises of a Turin engineering firm undertaking
preparatory work for the railway line.
Police carried out six property searches - two in Turin,
two in Trento, one in Rome and one in Como - in connection with
this episode too.
Cautionary measures were also issued against 10 other
people implicated in the two incidents, including residence bans
and mandatory reporting to prison police.
In addition, police on Thursday dismantled a shack built by
protesters and sequestered a second outpost in the municipality
of Chiomonte in Piedmont's Val di Susa, the epicentre of the
No-Tav activists have organized a series of protests
against the high-speed rail link throughout Italy over the last
few years.
Some have included violent clashes with police and
disruption of highway traffic.
Opponents of the project contest its high cost and impact
on the environment.

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