The latest feat of the mayor of Venice: “I behaved like any citizen”. Traffic warden, street sweeper, tram driver. The collaborators: «Always on the front line». The opposition: “Thus hides the problems of the city”
“We made the selections to see if they knew how to run, jump, pull up weights … Someone laughs, but now when a Nigerian runs away and runs five kilometers, our young fighters catch up with him, catch him and hear them say:” But who are you?”. We are Batman », he loves to tell. It may have been the Carnival costume he wore in one of his first years at Ca ‘Farsetti, or safety has always been his mantra, but the first Venetian Batman is the mayor Luigi Brugnaro who on Thursday blocked a foreigner (drunk) who he was thrown naked into the Grand Canal to swim, under the Calatrava bridge: he did not have time to go back to the shore when the mayor found himself in front, far from accommodating. “I behaved like any citizen,” he said.
The other cases
After all, Brugnaro is not new to similar situations. As soon as he was elected mayor, during a walk in the station area, he first entered one of the African clubs considered “off limits”, then he began to chase two drug dealers who were running away (but without being able to catch them). Vigilant, street sweeper (when to present the new door-to-door separate waste collection system in the historic center he wore the garbage uniform, rang the bells of the houses and collected the garbage bags placed on the doorstep), tram driver ( led the inaugural race to Venice): the jackets that the mayor has in the wardrobe of Ca ‘Farsetti increase every day. Then at home, he has the others, the superhero ones of course. The inhabitants of “Gotham city Venice” know something about it, who saw Bat-Brugnaro arrive in one of the previous Carnivals, after someone on social media compared him to the bat hero of comics for the lighting of a mega-lighthouse that could be seen kilometers away for the centenary of Porto Marghera. “A mayor on the front line,” repeat his collaborators. “All the scene, he does it to hide the problems of the city,” criticizes the opposition.
Thursday evening he was reaching piazzale Roma with his motorboat when he saw the man dive into the water, made the pilot turn around, ran down to the shore, and while the collaborators called the control room (the control room of the local police ) to call in a patrol of the brigade, the mayor had already stopped the man who will receive the fine and a Daspo. “If our bill had passed – he explains -, a night in a cell in our command would have been more effective than a penalty that who knows if he will ever be able to pay or a report on the loose with all the process that follows. “.
He had presented it to the Chamber five years ago: the goal was to reduce crimes such as harassing begging, the abuse of alcohol and drugs, damage to public and private buildings, acts contrary to public decency and prostitution, attributing to the criminal justice of the peace the competence to decide on offenses concerning urban security. The proposal has remained firm but in the meantime it has built seven security cameras with video surveillance in the control room. “We – he repeats – are ready”.
May 13, 2022 (change May 13, 2022 | 21:59)
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