In the aftermath of the Abruzzo earthquake, speedy reconstruction was solemnly promised, Italian daily Il Manifesto observes. However - "two months, 302 dead and 65,000 homeless later and the only thing visible is emergency." One of the latest victims of the quake is turnout in the European elections, the communist newspaper complains. For 35,000 "quake commuters", already forced to move back and forth between shelters on the Adriatic coast and their places of work, voting is problematised by the fact that polling stations now lie buried in the ruins. This will add to already existing disillusionment caused by institutional indifference, notes Il Manifesto, predicting record abstention.
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