Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Venice and Terrorism

BUONGIORNO VENEZIA, a publication of Venice Word International, is one of my favorite Venice-related publications. This week's issue brings us two items about the presence of terrorism in and around Venice. Sad....

"There was another bombing attempt Saturday by the Italian Unabomber. In Portogruaro, a little village 50 kms from Venice, a woman found a bomb under the seat of her bicycle. Luckily, it did not detonate. The police have no doubt that this a Unabomber act. For the unknown attacker, this is the fourth 'mistake', but Venice is scared once again.

"After the London massacre on 7 July, Venice, which is also considered a town at risk, initiated safety measures. Police strengthened existing controls and new measures will be instituted next week by the National Committee for Order and Security. The obvious targets in town can be mapped very clearly even without including the artistic sites -- St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and the like -- and there are several places regularly frequented by the English and Americans, such as the Guggenheim Foundation and luxury hotels such as the Gritti, Danieli, Bauer, et al. There are also two American universities, Wake Forest University and the University of California, both in the Dorsoduro district."

No comments: