Protests against cruise ships cost Venetians
Almost 2,100 euro in fines after protesters jump in Venice canal08 October, 18:21
Fines so far total almost 2,100 euros against four activists who leapt into the Guidecca canal on Sept. 21 to protest the passage of large cruise ships.
Many fear the ships, which can disgorge thousands into the ancient city of Venice, are destroying its culture.
The activists are charged with violating laws against swimming in the canal, which has important boat lanes.
Activist Tommaso Cacciari said the group will appeal.
Italy's Digos, or anti-terrorism authorities, have been involved in identifying the protestors.
Concerns about the large cruise ships in the historic lagoon city's waters have sparked protests from residents, environmentalists and politicians.
Fears grew after international headlines made in January 2012 when 32 people were killed after the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed off the coast of Tuscany.