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article imageVenetians vote overwhelmingly to break away from Italy

By Kev Hedges     Mar 23, 2014 in World
Venice - In recent months we have had Scotland campaigning for its independence from the United Kingdom, and more recently Crimea voting to ally itself with Russia — now the people of Venice want to break away from Italy.
A recent referendum (not an official one) in the lagoon city saw an overwhelming 89 percent of Venetians vote to break ties with Italy and become an independent state. The wealthy residents of one of Europe's most charming cities have had enough. Their displeasure with Rome stems from the incredibly high taxes residents are being asked to pay, which they say are supporting the poorer south.
Venetians have been inspired by the growing campaign in Scotland, where it recently begun to sway towards a "yes" vote in a poll to break away from the United Kingdom. In fact, Venetian activists have been working closely with members of the Scottish National Party and even attended rallies to see if they can learn from its campaign.
The truth is that Venice receives 21 billion euros ($29bn) less in grants than it hands out in taxation every year. If an independent state ever does get to break away from Mother Italy, then it would be known as Repubblica Veneta and would include some 5 million inhabitants.
The five-day poll came in the same week that Crimean residents elected to leave Ukraine and become part of the Russian Federation.
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