Protest planned in Milan
A group of citizens who organised defiance against next year’s Expo 2015 in Milan plans to hold a public protest meeting on 14 November, the same day as FIOM metalworkers’ union has already declared a nationwide general strike against the budget law.
The “No Expo” group is protesting in particular against the Expo management’s invitation to young people to work without pay during the exposition “in order to gain experience of the world of work”.
Against the background of a stagnating economy and widespread unemployment, they claim, this suggestion is a slap in the face to youngsters who had hoped that Expo would provide a step onto the employment ladder.
“In the era of the web 3.0,” runs a statement by the organisers, “[we are] convinced that Expos are the residue of a past epoch which, apart from particular exceptions (see Shanghai) turn out to be an economic and participatory flop, leaving rubble in their wake from Seville to Saragoza.”
The protest group, which also maintains a Facebook page, intend to launch their demonstration in Milan’s central Largo Cairoli at 09.30 on Friday 14 November.