an unofficial online referendum that took place over five days last
week, 89 percent of the residents of Venice (my photo, above) voted to split from Italy to
become a sovereign state again (the city has only been part of Italy
for 150 years, after all). Reportedly the floating city has tired of
sending far more in taxes to Rome than it receives in investment and
services. The Daily Mail quoted one advocate, Paolo Bernardini, a
professor of European history at the University of Insubria in Como,
northern Italy: "Although history never repeats itself, we are now
experiencing a strong return of little nations, small and prosperous
countries, able to interact among each other in the global world."
online poll was organised by local activists and parties, who want a
future state called Republic of Veneto. More than 2 million residents
voted, which represents 73 percent of those eligible to take part. The
Veneto region's president said: "We are only at the Big Bang of the
movement-- but revolutions are born of hunger and we are now hungry.
Venice can now escape." h/t @julliadellacroce -- Barbara Bedway