World Bulletin / News Desk
A recent unofficial poll that was held in the Italian city of Venice has revealed that 89% of participants favored independence from Italy.
The plebiscito.eu poll, which collected the opinion of over two million Venetians on a week-long online vote, has been condemned as 'unconstitutional' by critics.
Though the results are not binding, it may be used to lobby the local government to launch an official independence referendum.
The result has spurred on a number of separatist movements in the rich, historical city to revive the long-lost city-state under the title of the Republic of Veneto.
Supporters of separatists parties like Indipendenza Veneta, who have grown impatient with the Italian government's inability to overcome the country's recession, poured out on to the streets to celebrate the results.
Many believe the results may reflect the general mood in the north of the country, which is relatively wealthier than the south and blames the south for much of the economic woes in Italy due to corruption.
However, the regional president Luca Zaia said that the road to an official referendum still has "some way to go".Last Mod: 22 Mart 2014, 14:03