Resident s of Eboli in southern Italy have stepped up their protest over the resiting of major factory which was to have been built in the town.
Resident s of Eboli in southern Italy have stepped up their protest over the resiting of major factory which was to have been built in the town. The town is now virtually isolated after residents barricaded major roads into it and placed trees and telegraph poles across the railway line.
The protest started on saturday (May 4) and by Tuesday (7th May) the demonstrators had grown in number to about eight thousand. The protests were sparked by a decision not to build a Fiat bus factory in Eboli. The factory would have provided employment for about three thousand workers and was looked on as the financial saviour of the town. The factory is new to be sited in Avellino, about thirty miles (50 kms) away, in another province. Barricades were placed over the main north-south highway into the town and soon long lines of trucks and cars built up. Angry motorists threatened to break them down, but were met with just as much anger. Eventually a few cars were allowed through. Bull-dozers were brought in to dig up a section of one road as a protest rally was held in the town centre. Speakers urged the townspeople to hold out as long as possible. The situation is at stalemate.
SYNOPSIS: The people of Eboli, a small town in southern Italy, are up in arms over loss of work. A Fiat bus factory was to have ben built near their town offering employment to about three-thousand people. But now its been re-sited and will be built about 30 miles away in another province. To show their disgust, the people of Eboli have barricaded off their town. long lines of trucks and cars have built up.
The barricading has led to a number of angry scenes between irate motorists and the townspeople.
A few small cars have been allowed through...but the townspeople are determined to continue their protest.
Even the rail line has been blocked with telegraph poles and trees. The Eboli region of Italy is poor and the new Fiat factory would have given a much needed financial boost. The people are proud. Their small town was maoe famous by Carlo Levi in his postwar novel "Christ stopped at Eboli". A rally in the town was attended by about eight thousand people and they vowed to continue the protest.