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19:40, 18 August 2018

‘Laceration in the Heart of Genoa’: Italy Holds State Funeral for Victims of Bridge Collapse


‘Laceration in the Heart of Genoa’: Italy Holds State Funeral for Victims of Bridge Collapse

&lsquoLaceration in the Heart of Genoa&rsquo: Italy Holds State Funeral for Victims of Bridge Collapse

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Relatives mourned some of the victims of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, ahead of the state funeral on Saturday.CreditPiero Cruciatti/Agence France-Presse &mdash Getty Images

By Elisabetta Povoledo

ROME &mdash Italy mourned these killed in the collapse of a bridge in the northern city of Genoa with a state funeral on Saturday as the country struggled to come to terms with a tragedy that critics say could have been avoided, and as some families of the victims boycotted the event.

Flags flew at half-employees across the country on a day of national mourning stores shut their doors or draped black ribbons on their windows, and a solemn ceremony was held in Genoa for 19 victims of the Aug. 14 collapse. On Saturday, the death toll stood at 39, with 10 men and women still in the hospital, six in critical condition.

The households of some victims shunned the funeral ceremony to protest what they saw as a nation that had betrayed their loved ones by not making certain their safety.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the archbishop of Genoa, who led the funeral ceremony, stated in his homily that the collapse &ldquocaused a laceration in the heart of Genoa.&rdquo

Other individuals watched the funeral ceremony on massive screens. Flags flew at half-employees across the country on a day of national mourning and retailers shut their doors or draped black ribbons on their windows.CreditSimone Arveda/EPA, through Shutterstock
The coffin of Samuele Robbiano, 8, was carried out after the state funeral. He died with his parents on the way to catch a ferry to Sardinia.CreditJack Taylor/Getty Images
President Sergio Mattarella, right, spoke to the families of the victims, huddled along a line of dark coffins.CreditAndrea Leoni/Agence France-Presse &mdash Getty Pictures
Most of the victims were Italian, but others have been Albanian, Chilean or French.CreditGregorio Borgia/Associated Press
The government held Autostrade per l&rsquoItalia, which was responsible for maintaining the highway that integrated the bridge, responsible for the &ldquograve disaster&rdquo and gave it 15 days to present its defense.CreditJack Taylor/Getty Pictures

Published at Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:59:16 +0000


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