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Venetian greens blast cruise ships as Covid restrictions ease

THE first cruise ship in Venice since Covid restrictions prompted local greens to protest cruise ships calling at the historic lagoon city, Reuters reports

10 June 2021 - 19:00
THE first cruise ship in Venice since Covid restrictions prompted local greens to protest cruise ships calling at the historic lagoon city, Reuters reports.

'We are here because we are against this passage but also against a model of tourism that is destroying the city, pushing out residents, destroying the planet, the cities, and polluting,' said Marta Sottoriva, a 29-year old teacher and Venice resident.



Hundreds of people rallied on land and small boats fluttering flags saying 'No big ships' surrounded and followed the 92,000-tonne MSC Orchestra as it departed.



But port authorities, workers and the city government welcomed the Orchestra seeing it as a symbol of business kicking off after the health crisis that hit hard at the cruise industry and the wider travel sector.


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