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European Journal

Italy: Resistance against US satellite network

There have been fierce protests against a planned satellite-based telecommunications system near the hub of US naval air operations in the Mediterranean. Local residents want the American forces out.

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In the small town of Niscemi on Sicily, thousand of people have been demonstrating for months against the installation of a new satellite-based telecommunication system for the US navy that would facilitate the worldwide deployment of drones. In the middle of a nature reserve on Niscemi's town limits, huge satellite dishes have been installed since early this year. Many of the protesters are women - mothers who fear the electromagnetic radiation could affect the health of their children.