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Interior ministry to deploy 200 soldiers to TAV train site

Protesters have clashed, damaged equipment at building site

20 September, 17:29
Interior ministry to deploy 200 soldiers to TAV train site (ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - Italy's interior minister decided Friday to deploy 200 more military personnel to the construction site of the TAV high-speed rail link that will connect Turin to Lyon in Val di Susa following violent protests, arson and criminal damage. The decision was taken at a meeting of the so-called 'National Security and Order Commission' headed by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano. "After an in-depth analysis of the protest demonstrations as well as the recent episodes involving damages involving certain companies, the Commission has recognised the need to keep the level of attention and vigilance high", the interior ministry said in a statement. Construction of the line, which is already underway, has been hotly contested. Protestors have repeatedly clashed with police and damaged construction equipment. Critics call the project costly and needless, saying it will wreak havoc on the environment. Supporters argue it will save money and protect the environment in the long run as it will cut down on freight and automobile traffic.