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Italians protest against US base “Yankees go Home” February 18, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken part in a rally against the expansion of a US military base in Vicenza in northern Italy.

Police estimated the number of demonstrators on Saturday as 25,000, but organisers put the turnout at more than 100,000.

Protesters waved rainbow-striped peace banners while some carried anti-US slogans such as “Yankees go Home”.

About 1,500 police were on duty and police helicopters could be heard buzzing overhead.

Favio Lotti, one of the demonstration’s organisers, told Al Jazeera: “The world does not need another military base. It needs greater peace efforts by the US and by the Italian government.”

Lotti said that claims by those in favour of the base that it would benefit the economy were false.

“The Italian government is contributing to one third of the expenses of the base,” he said.

Protesters are also concerned that the expansion of the base could cause traffic, deplete local resources including water and gas, and increase the risk of Italy being targeted by a terrorist attack.

Romano Prodi, Italy’s prime minister, angered allies last month when he decided not to renege on a pledge by Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister, to allow the expansion of the base in Vicenza. [read more]

Just a reminder that its not Muslims saying “Yankees go Home” after all it is freedom of speech



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