Cement-mixers torched at company working on TAV rail link
More tensions over controversial Lyon-Turin project09 September, 12:01
The vehicles, which also include two trucks and a mobile crane, were torched at the Imprebeton company headquarters in Salbertrand, a town in the Susa Valley about 80 km from Turin, and spread to a nearby workshop. A section of a nearby motorway was shut down as a precaution due to the proximity of the fire to a diesel cistern.
The attack came just hours before Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi met a delegation of businessmen engaged in the construction of the high speed link between France and Italy.
''Against the No TAV mafia types, there is no choice but to apply the laws pertaining to the Mafia,'' said Esposito, who is also deputy president of the Senate transport commission. 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.
In addition, Esposito himself has been the target of three threatening letters.