Thousands of people from the Italian city of Venice protested to prevent the passage of big ships in the city’s famous bay, a week after a large cruise ship collided with a boat.
The demonstrators marched in the streets of Venice’s historic center in the afternoon with a banner reading: ” Giant ships must leave the Gulf“.
“These giant ships must leave the Gulf .. they do not comply with the ecosystem and they pose a danger to the city,” said the mayor of Marghera, Venice.“
The demonstration, called by the “La Grand Ships” committee, started from the Zateri wooden port off the island of Giudecca, close to the incident between a cruise ship with 3,000 people on board a tourist boat after it got out of control when it was trying to dock. Injured four people slightly.
The incident brought back the controversy about the dangers and damages, especially the environment, at the site and the fragility of its environmental system in front of the giant ships that are sailing close to the shore.
“The big ships contribute to the erosion of the city’s waterlogged foundations,” says environmentalists“.