Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

'Every action' legitimate against TAV, activist tells radio


Turin, September 3 - An ex-militant of the 1970's
radical leftwing group Lotta Continua (Continuous Struggle) told
radio listeners on Tuesday that ''every action'' is legitimate
in the fight to prevent high speed TAV rail from being built in
the Susa Valley, between Lyons and Turin.
''If someone puts your life in danger, all you can do is
fight to the bitter end and sabotage the work. Every action is
legitimate,'' the writer and activist Erri De Luca told Radio 24
on a programme called Zanzara (Mosquito).
To a question about the use of violence against police by
militant protesters, De Luca replied,''Wounded police? For now I
think the losers are those of the valley who see their territory
raped and militarily occupied''.
Anti-TAV activists have organized a series of protests
against the high-speed rail link throughout Italy over the last
few years, some of which included violent clashes with police,
vandalism, threats and disruption of highway traffic.
The motorway in Piedmont's Susa Valley was blocked in
early August following the arrest of three protesters and the
detention of 17 others.
Some of the 'No TAV' activists sprinkled hundreds of nails
on the motorway and four vehicles suffered punctures.
Senator Stefano Esposito, known for his support for the
controversial TAV line, received a third threatening letter in
early August.
In August, 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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