World Bulletin / News Desk
An Italian court has ordered the release of seven Venetian separatists who were accused of plotting a violent uprising against the Italian government for the independence of Venice and the establishment of the Republic of Veneto.
Former MP and founder of the Veneto League separatist party Franco Rocchetta, anti-government Forconi (pitchfork) movement leader Lucio Chiavegato, as well as Bernardelli, Riccardo Lovato, Corrado Manessi and Giancarlo Orini were accused of seeking to use home-made tanks in an armed rebellion.
Four more individuals - Tiziano Lanza, Corrado Turco, Stefano Ferrari and Michele Cattaneo - have also been put under house arrest, according to The Local.
The men were arrested during a police raid which saw 24 individuals arrested earlier this month after they were accused of plotting to take over St Mark’s Square in Venice.
Their plan recalled the 1997 seizure of the square's famed bell tower by armed separatists who proclaimed an independent Venetian republic, harking back to the city-state that was a major power in the eastern Mediterranean for centuries until it fell to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797.
An unofficial referendum was an online poll last month that said 89 percent of respondents voted for Veneto to break away from Italy.
Last Mod: 19 Nisan 2014, 18:09