Anti-Tav protesters blamed for company blaze
Heavy equipment set alight at construction company02 October, 15:45
The company owner's wife sounded the alarm when she saw an excavator set on fire in broad daylight at the Geomont company site.
The attack is the 15th against companies working on the TAV high-speed rail project, which will connect Turin and Lyon.
In a post on his Twitter feed, Democratic Party (PD) Senator, Stefano Esposito wrote: "Enough with the No Tav intimidation in (the) Val Susa (valley near Turin)".
Wednesday's attack was also the second at the Geomont company.
In August, other pieces of heavy equipment were destroyed in a fire set in a shed where they were stored.
Responsibility for that attack was never claimed.
Recently, Italy's interior ministry announced it would send 200 more soldiers to the TAV construction site following a long series of violent protests, and incidents of arson and criminal damage.
The Lyon-Turin high-speed link in the Susa Valley, a joint Italy-France project, has triggered protests throughout Italy for several years, some involving violent clashes with police, vandalism, threats and disruption of highway traffic.
Opponents say the project threatens sensitive environmental areas and will cost too much public money, while supporters argue it will cut down on vehicle traffic and pollution.