Enjoy this exciting report from our colleague and "correspondent," Michael Leonardi:
L'ABBIAMO FATTO WE DID IT!!!!!
After an amazing mass mobilization of people all across the country with demonstrations, banner drops, critical mass bike rides, workshops, information booths, film screenings, an incredible use of the social networking and facebook, people running nude through the streets, die-ins, and a door to door neighbor to neighbor grassroots storm, the Italian people have won a historic vote to ban the construction of Nuclear Power plants now and forever!!! A Vote to keep and return Water resources to public ownership and Prosecute the criminal behaviour of political leaders -- first and foremost Silvio Berlusconi. We managed to overcome the daunting task of a quorum of 50 % of all Italian voters + 1 in the face of a mass media completely controlled by Berlusconi and a government that was encouraging voters to go to the beach instead of vote on the first weekend of summer vacation for Italian grade school, middle school and high school students. This quorum had not been reached for over a decade on any referendum. This time the Italian people responded with 57% of the voters turning out to the polls and the Quorum being surpassed in every region of the country!!! 94% of the voters have voted SI to say NO to NUCLEAR POWER, This evening we'll be dancing and singing in the streets and celebrations have already started!!!! This vote on NUCLEAR ENERGY and WATER is not only a vote against the nuclear lobby and government here, but also a resounding rejection of the attempts by the US government and its NATO allies to force Italy into the nuclear arena. Let's hope that this victory can act as a boost to the anti-nuclear movement Internationally and in the United States that seems slowly coming to life in some hotspots.
Nuclear, no thanks, in 44 languages.