Venice demo halts cruise ships
Protesters leapt into Venice's Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships they said are threatening the city.
Around 50 protesters held up the ships for more than an hour as they paddled in the canal.
The protest was timed to coincide with a busy day, as a scheduling quirk meant 12 liners were due to head past St Mark's Square.
"The demonstration was a great success and we now hope the government will take advantage of this momentum and kick the cruise ships out of the lagoon," said protester Silvio Testa.
Cruise ship operators claim the ships create little damage to Venice's fragile palaces and no pollution. Defenders of the ships say 5,000 families are supported by the jobs guaranteed by the traffic. (©Daily Telegraph, London)