Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
TURIN

Third threatening letter sent to pro-high speed rail senator

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Turin, August 5 - A letter threatening Senator
Stefano Esposito, known for his support for the controversial
high speed rail TAV line between France and Italy, was received
on Monday by a local Turin newspaper CronacaQui.
The letter read, "Esposito servant to the Mason-led system,
is in our sights" with a crude drawing of a target, signed "The
Black Spring".
It is the third threatening letter to be directed at the
parliamentarian from a protest movement that police and
prosecutors say has crossed the line into terrorism.
Activists opposed to the TAV high-speed-rail project were
accused by prosecutors last Monday of committing acts of
terrorism.
The allegations by prosecutors, made for the first time
against the 'No TAV' protesters, came as they ordered searches
of their premises in Turin and Val di Susa related to protests
at construction sites in mid-July.
Police said they came under attack from stones,
firecrackers and other explosive devices when they moved to
break up protests.
Again in mid-May, police said roughly 30 hooded vandals in
Chiomonte, outside Turin, broke into a construction site under
the cover of nightfall and tore down fences and blocked
machinery.
In a nearby incident, several other activists confronted
police with fireworks and Molotov cocktails who pushed back with
tear gas.
The high-speed rail line, which will eventually connect
Turin to Lyon, has sparked years of protest from locals and
other activists who denounce its high cost and damage to the
environment.
Several members of the anti-TAV movement have already been
sent to prison for 2010 protests.
France and Italy argue it will save money and help the
environment in the long run by cutting down on automobile
traffic.

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