facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Italian rail project sparks violence

July 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM   |   Comments

TURIN, Italy, July 4 (UPI) -- Italian prosecutors have been urged to press "heavy" charges after violent weekend protests at a high-speed rail site in Northern Italy left 200 police injured.

"I consider it attempted murder," said Interior Minister Roberto Maroni of the Sunday actions of some protesters trying to block construction of a high-speed rail tunnel connecting Turin to Lyon, France, Italian news agency ANSA reported

Protesters who allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at police outside the construction site were "a group of thugs looking for victims," Maroni said.

Opponents of the high-speed rail project say the tunnel will create pollution and mar the area's natural beauty.

Demonstrators used rocks, tree branches and incendiary devices to disrupt the project in a number of clashes with police over a weeklong period, ANSA said.

Construction of the 32-mile tunnel will go on as planned despite the protests, administrators said.

"The state can't buckle in the face of these protests," Transport Minister Altero Matteoli said. "Work will go ahead".

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Britain to pay off some World War I debt Britain to pay off some World War I debt
2
Interstate 270 drivers scramble after bag of cash falls off truck Interstate 270 drivers scramble after bag of cash falls off truck
3
Virgin Galactic space plane crashes during test flight, pilot dead Virgin Galactic space plane crashes during test flight, pilot dead
4
Pakistan seeks coastal patrol cutters from U.S. Pakistan seeks coastal patrol cutters from U.S.
5
Judge won't allow Maine to quarantine Ebola nurse Judge won't allow Maine to quarantine Ebola nurse
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback