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State funeral set for nearly 300 victims in Amatrice after quake survivors rebel

Construction crews have worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral in quake-devastated Amatrice.

Published: 30th August 2016 02:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2016 02:40 PM   |  A+A-

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Firefighters stand outside a house where they are retrieving personal belongings for its owner, in Pretare, near Arquata del Tronto, central Italy, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. | AP

By AP

AMATRICE: Construction crews have worked through the night to build a tent complex to host an Italian state funeral in quake-devastated Amatrice after residents denounced the government's original plan to hold the service in a distant airport hangar.

The funeral late Tuesday for more than 200 of the 292 victims takes place on the edge of Amatrice's obliterated medieval center on the grounds of a Catholic retreat for the elderly. Italy also observed a second day of national mourning following the Aug. 24 temblor that flattened villages in central Italy.

Initially, authorities planned to hold the funeral in the provincial capital of Rieti and let survivors watch it on TV. Residents already battling grief and trauma rebelled and Premier Matteo Renzi, sensing a public relations disaster, reversed course.



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