Venice wants to become an endangered World Heritage Site
Venice has been struggling for years with being driven around by cruise liners. Only a few weeks ago there was an accident. Now the mayor Luigi Brugnaro sends an urgent appeal to UNESCO: "Put us on the Red List."
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VEnedig's Mayor wants to ask UNESCO to place the city on the Red List of the endangered World Heritage. "We will write to Unesco and say: Gentlemen, put us on the red list," said Luigi Brugnaro Italian Radio 24 on Wednesday. Venice must be classified as endangered, said Brugnaro.
An accident with a cruise ship in early June in the Giudecca Canal, where also the St. Mark's Square is located, fueled the discussion about the huge ships in the lagoon city. The city and the government in Rome have been debating for years whether and how ships should bypass the World Heritage City.
Brugnaro accuses transport minister of the five-star movement, Danilo Toninelli, of blocking a plan by the previous government to banish the ships from the canal. "We are no longer objectively represented by this minister (…)," Brugnaro said, making it clear that, in his view, the Minister of Transport could not guarantee the protection of Venice.
The UNESCO has been warning Venice for some time that the giant ships endangered the World Heritage. Environmentalists are concerned about the ships, especially the ecosystem of the lagoon in danger.
On June 2, dozens of tourists in Venice felt like they were in a horror movie: A huge cruise ship suddenly got out of hand when it docked and crashed into a small boat full of passengers. According to authorities, at least four people were slightly injured, all of whom were taken to hospitals for treatment. The accident occurred in the morning in the central canal of Giudecca at the San Basilio stop.
On videos you can see, how the cruise giant "MSC Opera" drives with a loud siren howling towards the landing stage. People ashore panic about it. You can also see how a small excursion boat, parked at the dock, is rammed. On board the smaller ship should have been around 130 people. Some of them jumped into the water out of fear, according to Nuova Venezia, citing eyewitnesses.
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