On Sunday, November 18th, and on Wednesday, November 28th, Free Trieste organized two demonstrations to show that the people of the Free Territory of Trieste oppose the LNG terminal in the Gulf of Trieste.
Spanish company Gas Natural proposed the project, and both the Italian Government and local Triestine authorities support it vehemently. However, they want to build the LNG terminal in the international Free Port of Trieste, a State corporation of the Free Territory of Trieste under the 1947 Treaty of Peace.
More than 1000 people, despite the rainfall, marched in the city (they were 1500 according to the local police) standing for the inviolability of the international Free Port. Under the 1954 MoU regarding the Free Territory of Trieste, the Italian Government is responsible of administering the present-day FTT, including the obligation to maintain the international Free Port. Blocking it with a dangers LNG Terminal is not part of the deal.
Trieste does not belong to Italy: it is a State with its own laws, under the UNSC’s own protection under Resolution S/RES/16 (1947) and its international Free Port is a permanently bound area that grants general and special rights to many States.
The people are becoming aware of their own rights as citizens of the Free Territory, and they want to defend them together with Free Trieste.
Trieste has the only international Free Port in the world, and it is time to reactivate it. Trieste must become the European Singapore, providing jobs and opportunities to all States.
What we stand for is simple, and we won’t take anything less: Trieste calls for the rule of law.
We want to be free from illegality.