Not much has changed in Naples, Italy where the streets are still inundated with garbage, except for the fact that the residents are getting angrier:
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged a swift end to the Naples garbage crisis on Friday as images in the media of piles of rubbish and angry protests put his struggling government under pressure.
At least 20 police officers were injured on Thursday and there was further violence overnight as the chronic problem of waste disposal in Italy’s third largest city flared into violence for another night.
The problem is that Naples old garbage dump is completely full and the new one is facing a few teething problems and therefore has yet to open. Could Beirut be facing a similar problem in the future? Honestly, how high can a garbage mountain rise? Could this be another World Record we are trying at achieve?
In any case, there seems to be at least one Neopolitan who believes that the Lebanese capital shares the same predicment as the city that brought us the pizza:
“This feels like Beirut,” said Michele Amoruso, a 41-year-old tax lawyer who was protesting against setting up a new dump in the park, where the picturesque views contrasted with the rubbish strewn about.
And we’re not even sister cities!