The yellow vests are causing, not a little, sensation and concerns both France and Italy. The French protest vehemently, but their requests, unfortunately, don’t find much opportunity. In Italy, this may not be the case.The municipal councilor of Taranto, a coastal city in Italy, Massimiliano Stellato has kindly offered to give us a short interview. His message addressed in unison with the Government and Parliament is clear: to deal with the reduction of fuel prices as soon as possible.
Interview: Yellow Vests Leader Massimiliano Stellato
Q: Who organized the manifestation of yellow vests in Taranto? Can we define you as the “pioneer” of the aforementioned?
A: “It was I who organized the peaceful procession of the yellow vests in Taranto. I think that this was the first event held in Italy. ”
Q: What is your point of view regarding the event held in front of the Arsenal?
A: “The parade began in front of the Arsenal. We’re about a hundred people and then, others who were on the street and, therefore, there in passing, after listening to what I reiterated through the use of the megaphone, they were also queued in the parade. Others, however, applauded .”
Q: In France, tax increases on petrol, electricity and gas were virtually frozen; do you think that the same condition will soon arrive in Italy?
A: “As it happened in France, we hope that it will take place in Italy. Indeed, we demand a reduction in fuel prices and we’re fighting against expensive bills.”
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Q: Demonstrating in Taranto was important, especially because crude oil is refined in the Ionian province. The demonstrators have also proposed to recognize the same benefits recognized to the citizens of the territories in which the crude oil is extracted. How relevant are these benefits and, above all, do you think they can be guaranteed for the Tarantini? But, in your opinion, why hasn’t there been much attendance at the event?
A: “It’s fundamental precisely because, in Taranto, we host the refinery and, therefore, in this regard, we ask to receive the same benefits at the time granted to citizens of the territories in which the crude oil is extracted.”
Q: Do you think that your request, also done in the role of councilor of the Municipality of Taranto, or to get rid of a portion of the quota dedicated to the transport of fuel, is accepted?
A: “I hope that it will be accepted as soon as possible, because it would be right to remove, for the citizens of the Ionian province, the share of the price that is destined and, at the same time, corresponds to the transport of the same fuels.”
Q: Finally, another event is scheduled for Dec. 15. What do you wish from this? Do you think that more people will participate? In your opinion, will ad hoc measures be adopted?
A: “Yes, the next event will be held Saturday, Dec. 15. That day, we will return to the streets to reiterate the same things we’ve talked about so far. We’ll leave at 10:30 in front of the military arsenal (as happened the first time ed.); all in vibrant yellow vests. I take this opportunity to ask my fellow citizens to join us, because it is really worth it and, above all, because we’re fighting for a rather important cause.”
We sincerely hope that things can change positively, because such a situation doesn’t benefit anyone. Meanwhile, there are really few days left until the parade on Dec. 15, which, like the first, will take place in front of the arsenal. It is hoped there will be more turnout.
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