Police and demonstrators have clashed in Naples after the Italian government promised to force rubbish dumps to open against the wishes of local residents. Ministers say they are determined to end the city’s chronic trash problem. Police charged protesters at a planned landfill in Chiaiano, on the outskirts of the city.
The angry scenes came after a government official gave details of a plan to open more landfills in the region, where trash has been piling up in the streets since Christmas when almost all the dumps were declared full.
Protesters 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.