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Venice has won a lawsuit to hold a referendum on whether the city should be autonomous from mainland Italy, which could save it from devastating tourism

VEXIT! Venice wins legal battle to hold referendum on mainland Italy's autonomy, which according to activists will save the city from tourism

  • Activists claim that the city needs its own council and mayor apart from the mainland
  • Autonomy can erode the spread of Airbnbs & # 39; the city from within & # 39; stop
  • Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has urged the locals not to vote and was defeated in court
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Venice has won a lawsuit to hold a referendum on whether the city should be autonomous from mainland Italy, which could save it from devastating tourism.

Activists claim that the city needs its own council and mayor, as it is currently being neglected, while 20 million holidaymakers descend to the narrow streets every year.

Since the peak of the last century, the Venetian population has plunged by 117,000 people with only 53,000 people in the city – who since 1926 no longer have their own mayor.

Venice has won a lawsuit to hold a referendum on whether the city should be autonomous from mainland Italy, which could save it from devastating tourism

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Venice has won a lawsuit to hold a referendum on whether the city should be autonomous from mainland Italy, which could save it from devastating tourism

& # 39; Only a mayor who is completely focused on this city can save over tourism and the resulting depopulation & # 39 ;, said Jana da Mosto, 50, an activist and co-founder of the group & # 39; We Are Here Venice & # 39 ;, to The Times.

She claims that a designated mayor apart from the nearby mainland Mestre can stop the spread of Airbnbs and holiday apartments that are scooping the city from the inside & # 39 ;.

Activists also claim that Venetians who request city councils were often offered apartments in Mestre.

Matteo Secchi, head of Venessia.com, a local activist group, told the publication: By separating us from the mainland, we would be masters of our destiny, able to relaunch local housing and businesses & # 39 ;.

Activists claim that the city needs its own council and mayor and is currently being neglected because it is flooded with 20 million vacationers a year

Activists claim that the city needs its own council and mayor and is currently being neglected because it is flooded with 20 million vacationers a year

Activists claim that the city needs its own council and mayor and is currently being neglected because it is flooded with 20 million vacationers a year

The Venetian population has plummeted with 117,000 people since the peak of the last century, with only 53,000 people in the city who since 1926 no longer have their own mayor
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The Venetian population has plummeted with 117,000 people since the peak of the last century, with only 53,000 people in the city who since 1926 no longer have their own mayor

The Venetian population has plummeted with 117,000 people since the peak of the last century, with only 53,000 people in the city who since 1926 no longer have their own mayor

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has urged the locals not to vote and was defeated in a court case. He has introduced an entrance fee for tourists to raise money for local residents to try and influence their decision.

The council also claims that separation would put an end to the relationship between mainland Italy and Venice – including the expensive waste collection via the waterways.

& # 39; On the other hand, the money that tourists spend on water buses in Venice Mestre helps to pay for public transport, while the value of Venice serves as a guarantee for the loans taken out by the council & # 39 ;, the financial officer of the council, Michele Zuin, said.

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Since 1970, four referendums have been held on autonomy for Venice, but none have been passed on.

She claims that a designated mayor apart from the nearby mainland Mestre can stop the spread of Airbnbs and holiday apartments

She claims that a designated mayor apart from the nearby mainland Mestre can stop the spread of Airbnbs and holiday apartments

She claims that a designated mayor apart from the nearby mainland Mestre can stop the spread of Airbnbs and holiday apartments

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