Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Tension continues over high-speed rail link protests

English
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Rome, August 7 - The planned TAV high-speed rail
link between Turin and Lyon continued to cause tension in
northern Italy on Wednesday, when the authorities managed to
reopen a motorway after the latest in a series of sit-ins
blocked traffic.
The motorway in Piedmont's Susa Valley was blocked late on
Tuesday following the arrest of three protestors and the
detention of 17 others.
The sit-in ended at about 2am local time Wednesday after
protestors learned that the detained people had been released.
Some 'No TAV' activists, however, sprinkled hundreds of
nails on the motorway and four vehicles suffered punctures.
The 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.
Senator Stefano Esposito, known for his support for the
controversial TAV line, received a third threatening letter
earlier this week.
Last week a group of activists were put under investigation
for suspected terrorism offences in relation to protests
at TAV construction sites in mid-July.
Several members of the anti-TAV movement - who oppose the
cost and environmental damage of the railway between Lyon and
Turin - were given prison terms for 2010 protests.
Supporters of the link maintain that it will save money and
decrease pollution by reducing highway transportation.

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