An investigation has been launched by the Italian police after a preferred Sicilian vacationer web site – the white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi – has been defaced by unknown vandals who lined it with crimson dye.
Scala dei Turchi – or the ‘Turkish steps’ – is among the hottest points of interest in Sicily, visited by vacationers from each Italy and overseas. The positioning additionally options prominently within the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ e book sequence by the late Italian writer Andrea Camilleri, and an Italian TV sequence of the identical title.
The white limestone cliffs, shaped in a form of a staircase, therefore its title, had been as soon as a hiding place for Mediterranean pirates. But the cliffs, put ahead as a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage standing, had been plastered with crimson dye through the night time of Friday, January 7.
The native police division launched a probe into the incident and regulation enforcement specialists managed to seek out out that the crimson dye was a crimson iron oxide powder combined with water, Italy’s ANSA information company reported. The police at the moment are trying via surveillance digicam pictures from native retailers to doubtlessly determine individuals who might need purchased the substance in query just lately.
The incident provoked a wave of concern from each politicians and locals. President of Sicily Nello Musumeci condemned “the perpetrators of this cowardly act,” who “shamefully defaced” the cliffs.
Folks on social media additionally spared no phrases as they slammed the perpetrators, whom they described as “ignorant troglodytes” who committed a “prison” and “ignoble” act. Others stated they were “livid” and called the incident a “large disgrace.”
On the brilliant aspect, individuals additionally voiced their assist for the native volunteers who started the clean-up. The harm seems to not be everlasting, because the decrease a part of the cliffs had been cleaned by the ocean waves.
Vandalism seems to not be the one downside on the web site, since additionally it is affected by pure erosion and an enormous variety of vacationers who don’t shrink back from stealing items of the rock.
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