Thousands protest against Milan Expo costs

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The upcoming Milan Expo has been hailed by the Italian prime minister as a symbol of Italy’s economic recovery. But not everyone agrees. These student protesters say it’s little more than an

Thousands protest against Milan Expo costs

The upcoming Milan Expo has been hailed by the Italian prime minister as a symbol of Italy’s economic recovery.

But not everyone agrees.

These student protesters say it’s little more than an expensive vanity project.

At the center of the debate — the construction of the Italian Pavilion, which is likely to cost a total of 92 million euros — far exceeding the initial budget.

The protesters argue it’s money that could have been spent on economic growth and jobs.

But exhibition sponsors and organizers say the Milan Expo– which will showcase Italian products and technologies over six months — could rake in 10 billion euros in revenue for Italy.

So far, the protesters – venting their anger outside the Expo offices – are not convinced.

An even larger demonstration is planned for May 1 — the Milan Expo’s opening day.

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