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.
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.