Friday, February 23, 2024

More than 100 people protest over ‘unsustainable’ 2026 Olympics in Milan-Cortina

MILAN– More than 100 people protested against the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics, despite bad weather.

Around 150 people gathered in pouring rain on Saturday outside the construction site of Milan’s Olympic Village.

Many held banners and signs against what protest organizers called “the most unsustainable Games ever.”

One of the signs was shaped like the Olympic logo made up of five rings, with the words “concreting”, “gentrification”, “greenwashing”, “privatization” and “eviction” written in the circles.

Each of the circles was then broken.

The march was organized by the Comitato Insostenibili Olimpiadi (Unsustainable Olympic Committee) against rising costs and environmental damage, less than two years before the start of the Games.

Organizers said that in addition to the cost of the highly controversial Cortina bobsleigh track and other construction work, mountains were being destroyed and hundreds of trees were being cut down.

They denounced the decision to rebuild the century-old Cortina track, “spending more than 100 million euros of public money on a sport that is only practiced by 20 people in all of Italy.”


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