Protesters attempting to disrupt work on the high speed rail link between Turin and Lyon have been advised by members of the so-called new Red Brigades to “ take a step forward in political and organisational terms”.
The threat came from Alfredo Davenzo and Vincenzo Sisi who are in jail. The Italian government has responded by deploying 200 more troops to the area.
“The Italian State is not scared by the new Red Brigade as we have defeated the old one. We will tackle every kind of intimidation and threat against us,” said Italian Interior Minister Angiolino Alfano
The rail link is a joint Italy-France project. There have been violent clashes with police. Opponents say it costs too much money and will threaten sensitive environmental areas.
Supporters argue it will cut down on vehicle traffic and pollution.