The communities of San Foca and Melendugno in Puglia, Southern Italy, are resisting the imposition of a gas mega-pipeline on their land: the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.
So why are local people – from local artists to teachers, politicians, grandparents and olive farmers – doing everything they can to block this pipeline?
In a series of video interviews, we find out some of their stories.
These short films were made in October-November 2017, as construction works began again at the TAP site near Melendugno, Italy. Since the films were shot, the situation has escalated rapidly. The works are moving forward and the area around the site has been declared a “red zone”, with anyone entering receiving a caution.
Despite their peaceful tactics, the community resisting TAP are being painted as violent by many European media outlets. The #NoTAP want their own voice to be heard, and the peaceful nature of their resistance to be understood. Please watch, and importantly – share these stories.
“My name is Valentina, I am an Artisan, and I am here because I care a lot about my land. Secondly, because I am tired that so much public money is spent for private gain.”
“I am a NoTAP Grandma, fighting for the good of the land… One day you fight one thing, the next day another.”
“I’m a legal practitioner, and I’m an administrator [Vice Mayor] of the Municipality of Melendugno … We can’t continue to invest in fossil fuels, but we have to invest in renewables, like wind and solar energy.”
“You see this pine wood? Close to here is a very important protected area… We are 300m from the sea, the coast is protected. And they want to arrive with the pipeline right here… We just want this land respected.”
“All the local citizens have become active in this fight, not only by legal means but with our bodies and minds, nevertheless you very soon realise that there is the need for more and more people.”
“In our view, this is a European problem — this isn’t only from Salento, from Melendugno, from San Foca, this is a problem for Europe. We have to collect all forces.”
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