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Protestor threatens to set self ablaze over justice cuts

Closures, mergers of judicial offices in Italy cause anger

Protestor threatens to set self ablaze over justice cuts

Rome, September 13 - One person threatened to set himself on fire as part of a string of protests across Italy Friday over government plans to close or merge more than 900 judicial offices. Lawyers, mayors and citizens came out in opposition to the plan that is aimed at modernizing the system involving courts, prosecutors, justices of the peace, and other elements of the judicial process. But in many parts of the country, particularly in the south, residents complained the changes would reduce their access to justice. In Sala Consilina, a town in the southern Campania region, a protester threatened to set himself on fire in front of the courthouse. The head of the Court of Naples, Carlo Alemi, sounded an alarm over personnel reductions while in the province of Salerno, councillors in the Vallo di Diano held a extraordinary council meeting in the square outside the Palais de Justice to highlight concerns.

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