Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
NISCEMI

Protestors clash with police at U.S. military site in Sicily

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Niscemi, May 8 - More violent protests erupted
Wednesday at the site of a new United States satellite
communications base under construction in Sicily.
About 50 members of the local committee opposed to the site
clashed with police, leaving three officers bruised.
Protesters tried to prevent a routine shift change of
guards at the construction site.
Construction of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)
site by the US military has stirred controversy in Sicily.
A hearing date has been set for Friday in the dispute over
permits for the site, after the regional government withdrew its
authorization for construction of the controversial site.
While opponents say MUOS will threaten world peace, the
environment, and the health of locals, Italy's defence ministry
defended the system as "essential for NATO operations in the
Mediterranean and therefore, for national security".

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