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Clooney protest over Italy project

Hollywood actor George Clooney has joined in the chorus of protest over the construction of parking lots and a promenade in the northern lakeside Italian town of Laglio, located on the banks of the lake Como. He fears that his presence is turning the serene town into a bustling tourist destination. He was among the 300 townspeople who signed the petition against the planned construction. Clooney has communicated the same in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Friday.

In his e-mail he wrote that he was concerned that the tranquility of a village that has stood for hundreds of years would be destroyed simply because he happened to live there for the past six years; hence he took this step in consonance with the villagers' sentiments. Clooney said that their petition appeared to have had the desired effect, as the Mayor announced on Sunday that at least some of the plans of the impending project have been scrapped. He further wrote that the petition was signed by three-fourths of the people in the town, which was testament to the character of the people in Laglio. The tourist influx to the town has increased since Clooney moved to the area.

Telephonic inquiries made to the mayor's office in the Laglio City Hall were not immediately returned, but committee chairperson Manuela Nuti, in a telephonic conversation, said that as per her knowledge, only a part of the $18.8 million project has been shelved. She also praised Clooney's participation in the protest, saying it was of extraordinary importance for the cause, and lauded Clooney for always keeping himself informed about things happening in the town.

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