Police and demonstrators have clashed in Naples after the Italian government promised to open new rubbish dumps against the wishes of local residents.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is determined to end the city’s chronic trash problem. The new landfills are a temporary measure while incinerators are built, according to emergency minister Guido Bertolaso.
The angry scenes came after a government official gave details of a plan to open more dumps in the area, where trash has been piling up in the streets since Christmas. A new decree introduced by government gives the new sites the status of military zones, allowing the army greater power to prevent protests.
Demonstrators against the dumps, usually in poorer areas, say they do not trust the politicians to ensure the garbage will be dealt with safely. The Naples mafia, the “Camorra”, has been involved in waste disposal for decades and its presence in the business is thought to be one of the reasons why the city has been unable to deal with its rubbish problem.