With secessionist sentiment continuing to soar across Italy, the nation has deployed its special forces in multiple operations nationwide, but primarily centered on northern secessionist regions, arresting 24 “suspected secessionists.”
During the crackdown, police captured a bulldozer in Venice, which they claimed was being dressed up to look like an armored vehicle for deployment during a secessionist protest, and unspecified weapons in both Lombardy and Piedmont, as well as on the island of Sardinia.
A referendum earlier this month showed 89 percent support in Venice for returning to its role as an independent republic, while Sardinia-Piedmont continues to have designs on splitting from Italy and seeking annexation by Switzerland.
Protesters complain that Italy’s central government is an excessive drag on their regional economies, particularly in Venice, one of the wealthier parts of the country, but one which is heavily taxed to subsidize the poorer south.
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Special forces for special police operations. That'll teach those secessionists that the West stands for democracy and self-determination.
People seek the right to self determination, and the result is being terrorized by the military. This not only pushes the people away, but you start to get into the area where people believe the only solution is a violent one. The people appeared to be using peaceful means, but if you start getting violent with them, they may not feel they have any other choice. Further, this violent central govt response will only harden attitudes against them in the north, preventing any chance for a peaceful settlement of negotiation.
Very disturbing. 89% take to the streets!
Man I love the freedom and democracy in the west.
It is time to secede from all freedom and democracy in the west
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