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Sicily blocks construction of US defense satellite base


Palermo, January 11 - The region of Sicily on
Friday moved to suspend US defense plans to construct a
satellite communications system on the Italian island after
activists blocked construction crews.
The move, announced by Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta,
came after protestors blocked trucks and cranes overnight in the
town of Niscemi and later clashed with police near an American
military base.
Builders at the site, which is part of a global satellite
defense network called the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS),
had allegedly rushed construction in recent days, according to
the Sicily governor.
"The regional government finds this sudden rush to complete
the project truly extraordinary," said Crocetta.
Opponents to the project say it will be an environmental
nuisance and threatens world peace.
Other bases participating in MUOS are in Australia, Hawaii
and Virginia.

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