Italian police, protesters clash over high-speed railway project
July 3, 2011 08:16 pm EDT
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At least 30 policemen were injured Sunday after clashing with a thousand protesters opposed to the construction of a railway link between Italy and France.
One tunnel worker and one protester were also injured in Susa Valley west of Turin. Five protesters were arrested for throwing stones and other objects at police.
The clash was triggered when protesters tried to prevent workers from boring a tunnel, where the railway will pass.
The construction of the tunnel for the 36-mile Turin-to-Lyon railway has been scheduled for 2013 reviving protests against the $21 billion project that aims to cut travel time between the two countries by three hours. The existing rail link between Milan and Paris takes seven hours.
The project was signed by Italy and France in 2001 but implementation has since been suspended. Italian mayors oppose the project claiming the drilling of a tunnel will spoil the beauty of the valley area and cause pollution.
The opening of a tunnel work site in Chiomonte resumed protests against the project.
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