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Gioia Tauro mayor's 'life at risk' over Syrian chemical arms

Weapons to be transferred at Calabrian city's port

16 January, 15:09
Gioia Tauro mayor's 'life at risk' over Syrian chemical arms (see related) (ANSA) - Gioia Tauro, January 16 - The mayor of Gioia Tauro Renato Bellofiore on Thursday slammed a decision to transfer chemical weapons originating from Syria the Southern Italian port.

"They are putting my life at risk," he said. "If something happens, the population will come and get me with a pitchfork".

The mayor said that the city was devoid of a hospital that was able to handle an emergency if it arose. The mayor added that the matter was "extremely serious" and that "perhaps (Foreign) Minister (Emma) Bonino doesn't know what democracy is". Bellofiore said the decision was made from above and imposed onto the local population.

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