WORLD : Gondoliers Dump Trash at City Hall

<i> From Times wire services </i>

Tourists watched in amazement today as Venice’s gondoliers dumped canal rubbish in front of the city hall for the second time in 24 hours to protest the city’s squalid appearance.

On Sunday, 60 gondoliers toured the city in 30 boats collecting bottles, cans, fast food containers and other urban rubbish from the canals.

Thousands of tourists in Venice for the Easter weekend watched and took photos as the whole lot was dumped in front of the council’s offices. “In recent months, we’ve made numerous appeals to the authorities (to clean up the city), but they’ve done nothing,” said Antonio Scarpa, spokesman for the Gondoliers for Venice group.