No-TAV protesters sentenced to prison by Turin court

Six from group against high-speed railway given five months

No-TAV protesters sentenced to prison by Turin court

Turin, June 4 - Six members of the No-TAV movement against a high-speed railway being built between Lyon and Turin were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for crimes including bodily harm, violence and resisting arrest during protests in 2010 on Tuesday. Another two were acquitted. Luca Abba, a 37-year-old who is a senior figure in the grass-roots protest group against the project, was given a five-month prison sentence, as were another five of the movement's members. Abba was badly injured after falling from an electrical pylon he occupied in April 2012, both by the burns from the shock and the subsequent fall. Another member was given a one-month sentence. All of the sentences were reduced from the prosecutor's original request of a one-year, three-month prison term. The defence said that the six members will appeal. No-TAV activists have organized a series of protests against the high-speed rail link throughout Italy over the last few years. Some have included violent clashes with police and disruption of highway traffic. Opponents of the project contest its high cost and impact on the environment. Supporters of the link maintain that it will decrease pollution by minimizing highway shipping and automotive transportation.

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