Italian Veneto votes for independence

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The vast majority of Veneto region residents who voted in the referendum on independence from Italy are in favor of secession, organizers of the referendum announced in Treviso on Friday. During the five-day online referendum, 2.3 million people voted - 2.1 million for independence and 257,256 against it. The crowd who gathered on the main square in Treviso greeted the result chanting "Independence," holding Venetian and Russian flags. Yet, despite the positive results, the referendum is not legally binding. Veneto existed as a sovereign state for more than 1,000 years, but it lost its independence in 1797.