Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

No-TAV protesters sentenced to prison by Turin court


Turin, June 4 - Six members of the No-TAV movement
against a high-speed railway being built between Lyon and Turin
were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for crimes including bodily
harm, violence and resisting arrest during protests in 2010 on
Another two were acquitted.
Luca Abba, a 37-year-old who is a senior figure in the
grass-roots protest group against the project, was given a
five-month prison sentence, as were another five of the
movement's members.
Abba was badly injured after falling from an electrical
pylon he occupied in April 2012, both by the burns from the
shock and the subsequent fall.
Another member was given a one-month sentence.
All of the sentences were reduced from the prosecutor's
original request of a one-year, three-month prison term.
The defence said that the six members will appeal.
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.
Supporters of the link maintain that it will decrease
pollution by minimizing highway shipping and automotive

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