Sardinian miners willing to take 'extreme measures'

Union leader cuts wrist in dramatic gesture

Sardinian miners willing to take 'extreme measures'

(ANSA) - Gonnesa, August 29 - Striking miners on the Italian island of Sardinia said on Wednesday that they are "desperate" and willing to take "extreme measures". At a press conference held in front of a storage room holding 690 kilograms of explosives and 1,221 detonators, union spokesman Stefano Meletti slashed one of his wrists and shouted "is this what we have to do, cut ourselves?" The workers for Carbosulcis coal company are asking the government to go ahead with plans for clean-coal technology and CO2 storage. The miners began their strike Sunday evening 375 meters underground in the Nuraxi Figus and Gonnesa mines located in the Sulcis coal basin in the southwestern area of the island.

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