By Steve Dellar  |  08-18-2018   News
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The church was too small to hold the thousands of mourners who wished to attend the state funeral on for 18 victims of Tuesday's bridge collapse in Genoa. Italian President Sergio Mattarella and PM Giuseppe Conte led the ceremony as some politicians (Maurizio Martina, the secretary of the former ruling Democratic party was greeted with shouts of "buffone," clown and "vergogna," shame on you) were booed and others (Interior Minister Salvini from the populist Lega Nord and Deputy PM Mr. Di Maio of the populist Five-Star-Movement) were cheered.

Crowds held a standing ovation as the firefighters who have been pulling bodies from the rubble entered to pay their respects.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Huge crowds BOO and yell &#39;clown&#39; at officials during state funeral for 18 of 38 Genoa bridge victims <a href="https://t.co/liNeeTgJRK">https://t.co/liNeeTgJRK</a></p>&mdash; Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) <a href="https://twitter.com/MailOnline/status/1030824162020012034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As this morning the bodies of a family of three were found dead under the rubble, the tragedy's death toll now stands at 42. Rescuers warned of still finding more bodies as they go through the concrete remains.

Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/34075-Italy-Salvini-Blames-Toll-Operator-Autostrade-For-40-Dead-In-Genoa-Catastrophe">Salvini blames toll operator Autostrade for 40 dead in Genoa catastrophe</a>.

The collapse of a section of the Morandi motorway bridge of Genoa and the subsequent deaths of those crossing it in vehicles has led to an emotional debate in Italy about the nation's old infrastructure

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: Mourners applaud Italian firefighters as they attend a funeral service for the victims of the Genoa bridge collapse. <a href="https://t.co/32u4S4FDj0">https://t.co/32u4S4FDj0</a> <a href="https://t.co/5e0uScEnxU">pic.twitter.com/5e0uScEnxU</a></p>&mdash; NBC News (@NBCNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1030807780272365568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Prime Minister Conte confirmed that legal proceedings were now underway to strip the toll operator Autostrade per l'Italia of its contracts, saying: "today the government… has formally sent to Autostrade per l'Italia the letter of complaint which launches the process for revoking the concession."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Genoa bridge collapse: Deeply moving state funeral was &#39;angry and awkwardly political&#39; at times <a href="https://t.co/HfrJoQI2qg">https://t.co/HfrJoQI2qg</a></p>&mdash; Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1030836118059720704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The archbishop of Genoa, Angelo Bagnasco informed mourners that Pope Francis was praying for them and said: “the collapse of the Morandi bridge over the Polcevera stream has slashed the heart of Genoa, and the wound is profound.”

Source:

https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2018/08/18/news/crollo_ponte_genova_autostrade-204391870/

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