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Protesters dive into Venice's canal to block cruise ships
the telegraph ^ | September 21 2013 | Tom Kington

Posted on 09/22/2013 8:51:45 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey

Around 50 protesters dressed in wetsuits, backed by 1,000 supporters, managed to hold up the cruise ships by over an hour as they paddled in the canal – some armed with inflatable rings. The protest was timed to coincide with a busy day on the canal, as a scheduling quirk meant 12 cruise ships were due to head past St Mark's Square – well above the daily average of two ships. "The demonstration was a great success and we now hope the government will take advantage of this momentum and kick the cruise ships out of the Venice lagoon," said Silvio Testa, a spokesman for the protesters.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: italy; maritime

1 posted on 09/22/2013 8:51:45 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey
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To: MeshugeMikey

Ick! Did they dissolve on the spot?


2 posted on 09/22/2013 8:54:22 AM PDT by livius
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To: MeshugeMikey

Ran them over.

OOps.


3 posted on 09/22/2013 8:54:29 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: livius

All ahead full!


4 posted on 09/22/2013 8:54:45 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Cruise ships?

IN Venice???

How about a couple torpedoes?


5 posted on 09/22/2013 8:56:38 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: MeshugeMikey

sorry but I do find the cruise ships to be an awful visual blight...kudos to the protestors!


6 posted on 09/22/2013 8:57:42 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: livius

the world continues to get wackier by the day!

Cruise Ship Amnesty Now!


7 posted on 09/22/2013 9:00:12 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: livius

I can’t imagine entering that water after seeing the things floating in it and understanding the local sewage process.


8 posted on 09/22/2013 9:01:11 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: MeshugeMikey

Those cruise ships keep the Venetian economy afloat.


9 posted on 09/22/2013 9:11:34 AM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: EricT.

the protestors likely havent a clue about the economic benefits.

in real estate it’s location,..location,..location,..

in the world of Protest its

symbolism.. symbolism ..symbolism


10 posted on 09/22/2013 9:15:24 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Katya

I agree. They are hideous.

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11 posted on 09/22/2013 9:21:16 AM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art ot being easily offended.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I’ve been to Venice, what kind of cruise ship fits into those canals?


12 posted on 09/22/2013 9:26:03 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Run ‘em over, chopping them up with those big screws. All astern, all ahead and repeat. Make fish food.


13 posted on 09/22/2013 9:27:13 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Katya

>>I do find the cruise ships to be an awful visual blight<<

I too much prefer to see old freighters and rusty tankers slowly chugging into the harbor.


14 posted on 09/22/2013 9:33:17 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: MeshugeMikey

No doubt they had some environmental concern. Ironically it caused them to sit their burning even more oil while they were removed from the canal.


15 posted on 09/22/2013 9:33:27 AM PDT by matt04
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To: MeshugeMikey

They can’t vote in Venice?


16 posted on 09/22/2013 9:36:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemet of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Katya

Agreed.


17 posted on 09/22/2013 10:02:36 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Old Yeller

Big ones sail the Grand Canal,, we were on the Grand Princess two years ago,, at that time, it sounded like they only rarely let a large ship thru, now it sounds like the rage..

IT is a quite a sighht..


18 posted on 09/22/2013 10:05:47 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Venice is an architect’s paradise: every street (actually cobblestone sidewalks bordered by canals - no vehicles allowed in the city) looks as though it was purposely built for the view; so I can imagine how these big boats would block the canal scene across St. Mark’s and spoil the medieval character of the town. It’s also hard to imagine you could stuff anymore tourists into that place. Thirty years ago buses parked at the edge of town and everyone had to walk into the city center, unless you took a water taxi. With these things the place must be so stuffed with people you must walk lockstep as if sardines in a can. Ugh!


19 posted on 09/22/2013 10:18:54 AM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: Katya
kudos to the protestors!

These huge cruise ships bring thousands of tourists on each one. It's revenue for docking, tour companies, cabs, stuff cruisers buy. But it's insane for the people who live there. Handling thousands of people for a few hours is a logistical nightmare, and there has to be constant vigilence to keep tourists safe. I don't blame residents for getting fed up with the disruption.

20 posted on 09/22/2013 10:25:13 AM PDT by grania
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To: Old Yeller
what kind of cruise ships fit into those canals?

The Concordia?

21 posted on 09/22/2013 10:26:15 AM PDT by grania
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To: NormsRevenge
Big ones sail the Grand Canal..
I think you were in the Lagoon. The Grand Canal has bridges, like the Rialto, that are maybe twelve feet above the water.
22 posted on 09/22/2013 10:35:12 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: grania

Perhaps the residents will like it better when lack of tourist revenue bankrupts their city.


23 posted on 09/22/2013 11:21:34 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (this space for rent)
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To: Old North State

Damn the bridges, Full speed ahead!

Yeah, you’re right. It was pretty cool.:-)


24 posted on 09/22/2013 1:30:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: MeshugeMikey

RAMMING SPEED!


25 posted on 09/22/2013 1:30:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

these protestors ,ay be too water logged to be able to figure that out.


26 posted on 09/22/2013 3:52:16 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: SauronOfMordor

Detroit On The Canals...what a plan.


27 posted on 09/22/2013 3:54:02 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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