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On the Road In Italy: By Catherine Tsounis            

Venice During the Oct. 22nd Referendum
By Catherine Tsounis

    Venice Italy with Church of Saint George (San Giorgio Maggiore) on the Venetian lagoon.

Venice Italy with Church of Saint George (San Giorgio Maggiore) on the Venetian lagoon.     The Catalonia separatist movement was on the minds of Venetians from Oct. 15th to Oct. 22, 2017 in Italy. On our way to the Bisanzio Hotel at San Zaccaria station, blue collar Venetians expresse3d their views on the upcoming Referendum. “Catalonia, Spain, is correct to want independence from the central government in Madrid. Venice has tourism that brings in all tax funds. We give the most taxes to Rome. What do we get in return? Nothing! We want more of our tax money to stay in the Veneto region. Our tax money should be used more to improve Venice. We do not want independence like Catalonia. We want more autonomy. And a say in our economy.” This was my introduction to the Venetian point of view.
            Spain has moved ahead to suspend Catalonian autonomy after a Mariners on ALILAGUNA water shuttle expressing viewpoint of Venetian autonomy. Photos by Despina Siolas, M.D./Ph.D.

Mariners on ALILAGUNA water shuttle expressing viewpoint of Venetian autonomy. Photos by Despina Siolas, M.D./Ph.D. referendum vote. The week prior to the Oct. 22nd Referendum, we heard “This is Venice! Everyone wants to be here.” Wherever we shopped for cell phone sim cards and eating in a restaurant with a 3-euro service sitting charge, excitement was building up over the upcoming Referendum vote. On October 23rd we were staying at the Olimpia Hotel Venice. The white-collar hotel staff described the election results accurately.


       Venetian mariner wants more control of taxes from Rome.
Venetian mariner wants more control of taxes from Rome.          “Veneto President Luca Zaia hailed the Venetian lagoon.
Venetian lagoon. results, which were delayed slightly by a hacker attack, as an institutional “big bang” …Turnout was projected at around 58 percent in Veneto, where support for autonomy is stronger, and just over 40 percent in Lombardy. The presidents of each regions said more than 95 percent of voters who had cast ballots had, as expected, voted for greater autonomy…” Veneto region President Luca Zaira said “What’s won is the idea that we should oversee our own back yard.”

          Oct. 23rd Olimpian Hotel staff, Venice, explaining Referendum results.Oct. 23rd Olimpian Hotel staff, Venice, explaining Referendum results.        The two regional presidents, (Lombardy and Veneto regions) both members of the far-right Northern League, notably plan to ask for more say over infrastructure, the environment, health and education. They also want new powers relating to security issues and immigration – steps which would require changes to the constitution.” 1 This is the sentiment expressed by Venetians.
 
Reference:
1.      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/world/europe/lombardy-veneto-referend...,
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/northern-italy-regions-ove...
https://photos.shutterfly.com/story_invite/6fb8208e-e796-4413-82ca-bca37... Venetian, Florence, Ravenna excursion album by Dr. Despina Siolas.
 

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