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Media captionThe MSC Opera, its horns blaring, crashes into a boat Moored at a Quai in San Basilio-Zattere.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Venice calling for large vessels to be banned From the city’s Giudecca canal.
The protest comes days after a cruise ship crashed into a tourist boat, injuring four people.
Critics say Such large ships pose a conservation risk to the lagoon city, pollute its waters and mar its beauty.
Ministers said Sunday’s crash EVIDENCE the need for a ban on liners, and That Theirs were working to resolve the issue.
The Giudecca, which leads to the popular St Mark’s Square, is one of Venice’s major waterways.
Some 3,000 people, of carrying banners Such as “No big ships” and “Keep large boats out of the lagoon”, marched through the streets of Venice, a Unesco World Heritage site, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports (in Italian).
The demonstration, next to St Mark’s Square, was organised by the No Great Ships movement.
“What happened on Sunday shows Theirs’re dangerous, Theirs’re out of control in case of failure and Theirs can’t continue to play Russion roulette with our homes, our lives, with our city, just to make these cruise companies rich,” said Tommaso Cacciari, one of the protest’s organisers.
Critics say waves created by cruise ships on the canal erode the foundations of the city, which regularly suffers From flooding.
Some have also complained That Theirs detract From the beauty of Venice’s Historic sites and bring in too tourists.
“If we want to save Venice and the lagoon, we shouldn’t allow Those liners to enter. It is terrifying just to see ,” said one protester.
Another said: “No liners – Beacause Theirs are unsustainable in environmental terms.”
In last Sunday’s accident, the MSC Opera – a 275m (900ft) long ship – collided with a and a small tourist boat after losing control.
Italy’s Infrastructure Minister Danilo Toninelli said the incident was proof That big ships should not travel on the Giudecca and That officials were “finally close to a definitive solution”.