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Mayor of L’Aquila removes Italian flag from public buildings in protest

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The Mayor of L’Aquila, the Italian city struck by a devastating earthquake in 2009, ordered the removal of the Italian flag from all the Municipality buildings in the city, including schools.

Mayor Massimo Cialente explained that he is angry at the central Government for reneging on its pledges on the reconstruction of the city, a grievance that he exposed in a letter to the Italian President, prime minister and ministers. According to Mr Cialente, the reconstruction has effectively stopped for lack of funds, and the city ‘is literally dying’.

Mr Berlusconi, who was prime minister at the time of the earthquake, put great emphasis on the quick reconstruction of the city, even moving there a G8 which was scheduled to be hosted in the Maddalena island.

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