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Residents and shopkeepers protest Colosseum traffic change

Mayor's plan to close area causes anger

13 September, 17:59
Residents and shopkeepers protest Colosseum traffic change (ANSA) - Rome, September 13 - Angry merchants and residents blocked traffic on a major street near Rome's iconic Colosseum Friday to protest a city plan to close part of the nearby Via dei Fori Imperiali to traffic.

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino introduced his plan last month to block part of the Via dei Fori Imperiali to private cars as a means of protecting the Colosseum from pollution and make the archaeological area more pedestrian friendly.

But many Romans have complained that the closure has seriously affected their driving patterns and merchants say it will hurt their businesses.

They blocked part of nearby Via Merulana to show their opposition.

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