Protest in Venice at the departure of the first cruise ship since virus outbreak | Abroad

videoThe departure of the first cruise ship in Venice since the virus outbreak has not led to relief and enthusiasm, but rather to protest. The departure of the MSC Orchestra on Saturday was accompanied by demonstrations against the mooring of large pleasure boats in the lagoon.


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05-06-21, 22:33




The opponents accompanied the cruise ship with small boats, on which they protested with flags, posters and banners (“Large ships from the lagoon”) against the numerous visits by the cruise industry to the fragile Italian lagoon, which is a world heritage site. The protest was organized by the movement No Big Ships (No big ships), who is working for a cruise terminal in another place.

‘Venice suffers’

The protest is supported, among others, by: Rolling Stones-singer Mick Jagger. Together with actress Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Wes Anderson, he sent an open letter to the Italian government. It stated that Venice is “suffering.” And ‘this fragile entity cannot survive if we continue like this’.

On the contrary, the umbrella of the cruise industry, CLIA, is delighted that ships can dock in Venice again. The CLIA calls it a positive signal for the multi-billion dollar industry. In 2019, 667 cruise ships docked there.

Protest at sea as the MSC Orchestra sets sail. © AFP

Opponents of the cruise ships docking in Venice protested en masse on Saturday.
Opponents of the cruise ships docking in Venice protested en masse on Saturday. © EPA

No Grandi Navi (No big ships) is on the flags.
No Grandi Navi (No big ships) is on the flags. © EPA

Activists on the water.
Activists on the water. © EPA

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