FVG Council donates to Arsia exhibition on mine tragedy

Iacop commemorates the disaster that killed 185 Italian miners

(ANSA) – TRIESTE – The Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia donated to the Municipality of Arsia-Rasa (Croatia) an exhibition focusing on the tragedy of the local mine, which took place on February 28, 1940, killing 185 Italian miners, and injuring another 147.

The exhibition, set up last year in Trieste, is now hosted in the cultural centre of the Istrian town and will remain there permanently.

The deed of gift was subscribed in the City Hall by the President of the Regional Council of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Franco Iacop, accompanied by Claudio Violino of the Presidency Bureau, and the mayor Glorija, Paliska Bolterstein.

The initiative drew to Arsia authorities and representatives associations and trade unions, also from France and Belgium, in memory of the Marcinelle disaster occurred in 1956, an event that unites the two communities. ”Until a few years ago – Iacop said – what happened here was quite unknown, while it is something everybody should know and talk about, being part of the history of our people, of the daily struggle and sacrifice that have marked their lives. For these reasons, the Regional Council finds this is the best place to host this exhibition permanently, and to this place we want to convey our feelings of friendship and brotherhood”. (ANSA).




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