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Police and protesters clash in trash-strewn Naples

 Police and protesters clash in trash-strewn Naples
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There have been further clashes between police and protesters in the southern Italian city of Naples over a waste disposal crisis. Rubbish has piled up across the city after refuse collection ceased two weeks ago when almost all dumps were declared full.

The re-opening of an old landfill on the outskirts of Naples has been proposed as a stop-gap solution. But outraged local residents have blocked access to it claiming they do not want to live next to toxic rubbish.

The protesters appeared to have won on Monday night when police withdrew and a spokesman for Prime Minister Romano Prodi said the government would announce a “radical” solution in the next 24 hours. But police returned overnight, clashing with hundreds of protesters still on the streets.

The stand-off is the latest episode in Naples’ long failure to deal with its pressing environmental problem which has contaminated large areas around the base of Mount Vesuvius.