Hundreds injured in Italy high-speed rail protests

By REUTERS
July 3, 2011 23:16

 
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TURIN - More than 180 police and protesters were injured on Sunday during demonstrations against a high-speed railway tunnel linking Italy to France.

About 6,000 people joined initially peaceful marches in the Val di Susa area, near Turin, police said, protesting against a tunnel they say will damage the environment and spoil the picturesque Alpine valley.

But scuffles broke out at several points along the boundaries of the construction site. Protesters threw stones and firecrackers and police responded with tear gas.

At least 188 police officers were injured in the clashes, while several protesters and a site worker were also hurt. Several people were injured in similar clashes earlier this week.

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