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High speed rail company to file charges against writer

De Luca accused of inciting sabotage

High speed rail company to file charges against writer

Turin, September 5 - LTF, the company in charge of building the controversail Lyon-Turin TAV high speed rail connection, plans to file charges within the next few days against leftwing writer and gadfly Erri De Luca, an LTF source said on Thursday. The charges are related to recent positions taken by De Luca that encourage construction site "sabotage", the source explained. De Luca, who is an ex-militant of the 1970's radical leftwing group Lotta Continua (Continuous Struggle), told radio listeners on Tuesday that ''every action'' is legitimate in the fight to prevent high speed TAV rail from being built in the Susa Valley, between Lyons and Turin. ''If someone puts your life in danger, all you can do is fight to the bitter end and sabotage the work. Every action is legitimate,'' De Luca told Radio 24 on a programme called Zanzara (Mosquito). To a question about the use of violence against police by militant protesters, De Luca replied,''Wounded police? For now I think the losers are those of the valley who see their territory raped and militarily occupied''. Anti-TAV activists have organized a series of protests against the high-speed rail link throughout Italy over the last few years, some of which included violent clashes with police, vandalism, threats and disruption of highway traffic.

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