• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF FIVE SMALL VILLAGES NEAR FOGGIA IN SOUTHERN ITALY HAVE TAKEN POSSESSION OF A NATURAL-GAS FIELD AND CLOSED IT DOWN AS A PROTEST AGAINST WHAT THEY CLAIM IS A LACK OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.

  • Description

    THE PEOPLE OF FIVE SMALL VILLAGES NEAR FOGGIA IN SOUTHERN ITALY HAVE TAKEN POSSESSION OF A NATURAL-GAS FIELD AND CLOSED IT DOWN AS A PROTEST AGAINST WHAT THEY CLAIM IS A LACK OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA. THEY SAY THAT A NATURAL GAS PROCESSING PLANT SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED ON THE FIELD TO PROVIDE JOBS FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.

    THEIR ACTION HAS DISRUPTED SUPPLIES OF GAS TO TARANTO, SALERNO, NAPLES AND OTHER LARGE SOUTHERN ITALIAN TOWNS. THE DEMONSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN OCCURRING INTERMITTENTLY FOR THE LAST MONTH.

    THE AREA IS POOR AND OVER-POPULATED. THE PEOPLE SAY THAT WHEN THE NATURAL GAS FIELD WAS DISCOVERED SEVERAL YEARS AGO, THEY WERE PROMISED JOBS WHEN A PLANT TO PROCESS THE GAS WAS BUILT. THE PLANT HAS NEVER BEEN BUILT. INSTEAD, THE GAS IS PIPED LONG DISTANCES TO OTHER PROCESSING PLANTS.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN, HAVE CONFINED THEIR ACTION TO CLOSING DOWN THE FIELD. THERE HAS BEEN NO ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE INSTALLATIONS. THE PRESENCE OF POLICEMEN HAS ALSO HAD A STEADYING EFFECT, THOUGH SO FAR THE POLICE HAVE CONCERNED THEMSELVES ONLY WITH THE PRESERVATIONS OF ORDER AND THE PROTECTION OF PROPERTY.

    FOR GENERATIONS THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN ITALY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO MIGRATE IN LARGE NUMBERS TO SEEK JOBS. NOW THE PEOPLE SEE THE WEALTH OF NATURAL GAS AS A MEANS OF ENDING THEIR POVERTY. BUT NO ONE CAN SAY HOW LONG DEMONSTRATIONS WILL REMAIN PEACEFUL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAATCZEJVHID96P3WY3UDH1IE9U
    Media URN:
    VLVAATCZEJVHID96P3WY3UDH1IE9U
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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