Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

Leaders call for rebuilding of Naples' burned science city


(by Gordon Sorlini).
Naples, March 5 - Citizens of Naples were facing a
day of intense soul-searching Tuesday after a massive blaze
destroyed much of the city's Citta' della Scienza (City of
Science) complex, one of the city's biggest tourist attractions
and a badge of pride on a city tainted by corruption, organized
crime and garbage-collection scandals.
Local and national politicians and union representatives
all rushed to call for a quick rebuilding and safeguarding of
jobs as investigators attempted to come up with an initial
picture of what caused the massive fire late Monday night.
Earlier Tuesday Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris said the
southern metropolis should mourn ''a loss for the city, for
culture and science'' and said he suspected foul play was behind
the massive blaze that destroyed much of the complex.
''It seems to me that a criminal hand is behind the
flames,'' De Magistris said. ''Now we have to put all our trust
in the magistrates for the most in-depth investigation
Police investigators said they as yet did not have
sufficient evidence to determine what caused the fire.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who said he had
visited the museum many times, was among those who underlined
how deep the loss was.
During one of his visits, in 1993 - while the museum was
still being built - Napolitano said the City of Sciences served
as ''an example'' of how a ''multifaceted project'' could create
many benefits to the community, in terms of services, research
and jobs as well as in terms of environmental gains.
Meanwhile, among those calling Tuesday for swift action to
get the complex reopened as soon as possible was also Susanna
Camusso, the head of the powerful CGIL national labor union.
''While investigators ascertain the causes of this tragedy,
the (national) and regional governments must intervene
immediately and commit to getting the site working again as soon
as possible, giving certainty of the investments to be made, of
the speed of their actions and they must guarantee continuity
for the workers.''
''The sight of workers in tears in front of the burning
site is a testimony to how badly hit the area is by the
destruction of a symbol of innovation,'' Camusso said, reminding
that the museum was built on a site abandoned by troubled
Italian steel maker ILVA SpA.
The Citta della Scienza gave work to some 160 workers in an
economically stunted part of the city and attraced some 350,000
visitors annually.

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