Activists rally against high-speed train plans in Italy

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Hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Rome on Saturday to rally against the government's plans to continue building a €8.2 billion (US$9.4 billion) high-speed railway to France. Demonstrators threw smoke bombs and flares at the headquarters of Italian State Railways, carrying banners reading "Stopping them is possible.” The railway will cover the route between Lyon and Turin, and is a part of the EU TEN project, which was created in order to develop a European high-speed rail network. The construction started in 1991 and is not expected to be completed until 2030.