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Jogging US Soldiers Swarm Italian Town, Which Asks Them to Go Home

Enzo Ciscato writes from Vicenza:

By now every fraction of our days is touched by the growing military presence in town.  We've even grown used to several situations, almost without realizing it.  

Since childhood, many of us have seen Camp Ederle as a common part of Vicenza, like Monte Berico, the Station, Corso Palladio …  We've gotten so used to it that, year after year, the base has enlarged, eating up land right in front of us, without our even noticing it.

In the area, almost doubled, occupied by Camp Ederle, the buildings are becoming taller now. There is a new season of growing militarization.

Exactly the same is happening at “Villaggio della Pace”, trying to forget the heavy irony of this name.

For many of us, American cars with “AFI” plates were normal, just as now, when seeing a car with “ZA ...” plate we know that most likely it has an American driver.

For a certain period of time we tolerated (with some protests) the noisy sound of the helicopters’ rotors, a noise that soon could come back with frequency, if we don’t prevent it.

At a certain point, after months and months of drunkenness on “Dal Molin”, not forgetting Pluto – Fontega - San Rocco – COESPU – AFRICOM … it feels like we may have reached the limit of tolerance.

When you start to feel that the U.S. military presence is bothering even the fresh early morning walk, you start to say:

"Hold on a minute, what’s going on ? We must say STOP IT."

This is probably why the spontaneous early morning presence of citizens around Monte Berico, as already experienced a few months ago, has come back.

The need to give them a clear message comes from deep inside:

“U.S. soldiers, this is for you: GO HOME”.

They, the U.S. citizens, did something similar with the British 233 years ago. Don’t we have similar rights too?




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