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Investigators probe death threats against TAV officials

'Revolutionary court' damns police, politicians over rail line

20 February, 13:29
Investigators probe death threats against TAV officials (ANSA) - Turin, February 20 - Special investigators opened a probe Thursday into a death threat issued against officials of a high-speed rail link between Italy and France.

The letter, sent to the ANSA news agency on Wednesday, came from the Nuclei Operativi Armati (Armed Operational Nuclei, NOA) which said its "revolutionary court" had condemned to death officials and police who were allegedly "repressing" protests against work on the Treni Alta Velocita' (TAV) line north of Turin.

The No-Tav citizens' movement trying to stop the link disassociated itself from the NOA and condemned its actions, saying it objected to "violence against persons".

The 'No TAV' movement, which has clashed with police and been blamed for acts of sabotage, condemned the NOA and reiterated it was engaged in a program of civil disobedience only.

The letter came as a chilling reminder of leftist and rightist terrorist campaigns in Italy that left scores dead in the 1970s and '80s. Opponents argue the project linking Turin to Lyon is wasteful of public funds and destroys pristine countryside.

Supporters say it will cut down on automobile and truck pollution and make shipping and transit more efficient.

The Italian and French governments have insisted that the link will not only speed passenger and freight traffic but also boost both countries' economies.