Nuevas protestas estallan contra la extracción de olivos para la tubería TAP

Usando una ley que se remonta a 1931, los funcionarios de Lecce designaron el área que rodea el sitio de construcción TAP como "zona roja" y la pusieron bajo control policial.

Diciembre 4, 2017
Por Julie Al-Zoubi

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Fol­low­ing months of protests against the removal of up to 10,000 ancient olive trees to make way for the con­tro­ver­sial Tubería Trans Adriática (TAP), res­i­dents in the Puglian town of Melen­dugno woke up on Novem­ber 13th para encontrar su ciudad encerrada después de que la policía implementó una "zona roja "durante la noche.

Nobody has access to this zone. Peo­ple liv­ing there are com­pletely iso­lated.- Sabina Giese

Streets and olive farms had been cor­doned off with barbed-wire fences and con­crete bar­ri­ers and land own­ers within the red zone found they were required to obtain spe­cial per­mits to enter while every­one else was pro­hib­ited. Secu­rity patrols were brought in to con­trol the area and allegedly refused access to labor­ers, needed to har­vest the olives within the zone.

Usando una ley que data de 1931, "Ordi­nance Decreto Regio (Royal Decree) No 773,” offi­cials in Lecce placed the area sur­round­ing the TAP con­struc­tion site under police con­trol. Some of Melendugno’s res­i­dents were expelled and they may be denied access to the area for up to three years. Dam­age to prop­er­ties sus­tained dur­ing the encroach­ment had also been reported.

Residente local, Sabina Giese le dijo al Olive Oil Times, "We are stopped every time and asked for doc­u­ments from the police. Peo­ple liv­ing in the red zone have access to their homes with a spe­cial pass given by the police depart­ment but can­not host any friend or friends of their chil­dren in their homes. Nobody has access to this zone. Peo­ple liv­ing there are com­pletely iso­lated.”


Giese agregó, "Nadie puede acceder a la zona roja sin la autorización de TAP, ni siquiera los periodistas. Tienen que pedirle a TAP que ingrese a la zona y solo TAP puede pedirle autorización a la policía. Una vez que los periodistas ingresan a la zona, son escoltados como un grupo de turistas hacia el área mientras todo el trabajo se suspende mientras tanto ".

Accord­ing to Giese locals are angry that tax­pay­ers’ money is being spent on police pro­tec­tion for TAP per­son­nel and vehi­cles, despite the con­sor­tium hand­ing out pay­ments of €10,000 each to over 140 res­i­dents in an attempt to halt the protests.

Lisa Givert, TAP’s Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions told Olive Oil Times, "TAP can­not com­ment on mat­ters per­tain­ing to the juris­dic­tion of the Ital­ian law enforce­ment agen­cies or other such com­pe­tent author­i­ties. We under­stand how­ever that they have a respon­si­bil­ity to uphold law and order, and main­tain a peace­ful envi­ron­ment in which work can con­tinue in a calm, safe and peace­ful man­ner for all.”

Givert agregado, "Sev­eral peo­ple (TAP work­ers, etc.) had been attacked dur­ing the vio­lent protests for mov­ing the first batch of olive trees in the first half of 2017. Also, TAP and its con­trac­tors have been the tar­get of sev­eral acts of van­dal­ism. Pro­test­ers have also dam­aged the ancient stone walls, part of Puglia’s cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal her­itage and destroyed the nets pro­tect­ing the olive trees against the spread of the Xylella fas­tidiosa bac­terium.”

As new ten­sions mounted over the red zone, protests erupted once again and demon­stra­tors against TAP threw eggs at police sta­tioned out­side a con­fer­ence on energy and pipelines in Lecce on Novem­ber 20th.

Trabajar en el TAP fue detenido en abril when The Lazio Regional Admin­is­tra­tive Court (TAR) over­turned the Ital­ian government’s autho­riza­tion to relo­cate the trees. In July, clashes between pro­test­ers and police over the removal of 42 trees includ­ing 'mon­u­men­tal olive trees’ resulted in the trees’ removal being delayed until Novem­ber when their six-month growth spurt was fin­ished.

The €4.5 bil­lion TAP pipeline which was approved in 2015 is the final leg of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor that will trans­port Asian gas to Europe. The pipeline was given the go-ahead under the pro­vi­sion that olive trees along its route were trans­planted while the work took place and even­tu­ally returned to their orig­i­nal sites.

TAP was sched­uled to deliver its first gas to Italy by 2020 reduc­ing the EU’s depen­dence on Russ­ian energy.


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  1. Andrés dice:

    Hubo una serie de basura grave en los 20th Cen­tury and Mus­solini was one of them.
    Imag­ine now, so that Europe can get Asian gas, that more scum­bags are involved in wreck­ing peo­ple’s lives, so that other scum­bags can profit.
    Dis­gust­ing Ital­ian politi­cians, like so many all over the world should be jailed for crimes against human­ity.

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