Protests erupt over plans to build rubbish dump on Mount Vesuvius
Published 25/09/2010 | 05:00
Police and protesters clashed in Naples over plans to build a rubbish dump on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
About 2,000 stone-throwing locals set fire to rubbish trucks and waste compactors in the early hours of yesterday.
At least one protester was arrested and a senior police officer needed stitches after being hit in the face by a rock during the third consecutive night of violence.
Using tear gas and batons, police cleared a path through the demonstrators so that the rubbish trucks could reach the dump in the town of Terzigno, which is just south of Naples.
The clashes coincided with a strike by refuse collectors, who fear that their temporary contracts will not be renewed.
The crisis has resulted in an estimated 750 tonnes of stinking rubbish mounting up uncollected in the streets of the southern part city. (© Daily Telegraph, London)