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Gazzetta del Sud
January 11, 2013
Sicily blocks construction of US defense satellite base
Protestors clash with police as construction ‘rushed’
Mobile User Objective System satellites
Palermo The region of Sicily on Friday moved to suspend US defense
plans to construct a satellite communications system on the Italian
island after activists blocked construction crews. The move, announced
by Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta, came after protestors blocked
trucks and cranes overnight in the town of Niscemi and later clashed
with police near an American military base.
Builders at the site, which is part of a global satellite defense
network called the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), had allegedly
rushed construction in recent days, according to the Sicily governor.
“The regional government finds this sudden rush to complete the project
truly extraordinary,” said Crocetta. Opponents to the project say it
will be an environmental nuisance and threatens world peace. Other bases
participating in MUOS are in Australia, Hawaii and Virginia.
Voice of Russia
January 12, 2013
Sicily’s governor halts US sat deployment
Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta has halted the deployment of the US
satellite communications system (Mobile User Objective System) in the
The move came after protestors blocked the deployment in the town of
Niscemi and later clashed with police near an American military base.
The governor of the autonomous region wants more research on how the system affects health and environment.
Voice of Russia, TASS