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Genoa bridge collapse: Grieving families boycott state funeral as anger grows in Italy

Genoa Bridge victims

More than half of the families of the victims of the bridge collapse have refused to take part in the state funeral.

A section of the bridge gave way last Tuesday in busy lunchtime traffic, plunging dozens of vehicles 50 metres below.

Many of the grieving relatives have blamed the government for failing to maintain the bridge, which eventually collapsed.

Out of the 42 victims’ families, only 18 attended the state ceremony.

Out of the 42 victims’ families, only 18 attended the state ceremony

Boos and jeers were heard as Italy’s former leader Maurizio Martina arrived for the service.

Genoa’s Catholic archbishop Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, leading the funeral, said the city has «had its heart torn out».

The bridge collapse came after the country slashed its investments in infrastructure and cut its budget allocated to maintenance to bridges and streets.

Genoa Bridge collapse

The mother of one victim, Nunzia, said: “It is the state who has provoked this, by not showing their faces: the parade of politicians was shameful.”

Another father of a victim, Roberto Battilore, said: “The state has not protected its citizens.

“My son was killed by a mocking testing but also by those who did not think that on that bridge there could be some children of today — desperate people.”

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Genoa bridge state funeral

The transport ministry in Italy has given the operator of the motorway bridge 15 days to demonstrate how it fulfilled its obligations to maintain the bridge.

About 600 people have been evacuated from the area amid worries for the rest of the structure, as parts of the remaining bridge runs over blocks of flats.

Residents from a housing block located under one pillar were ready to move back home but were then told the bridge was cracking and their homes were still at risk.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared a 12-month state of emergency in the Liguria reason as grief turns to anger at how something like this could have happened.

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