Rome (AFP) – Italians in Venice and its surrounding region have voted in an online poll in favour of breaking away from the rest of the country and forming their own state.
The online vote, organised by local independence parties, is not legally binding but aims to galvanise support for a bill calling for a referendum.
Twitter lit up with excited separatists sparring with disparaging Italians from other regions who described the poll as “total madness”.
Supporters say the new Republic of Veneto would be inspired by the ancient Venetian republic — a rich economic, cultural and trading power which existed from the seventh century until its fall to Napoleon in 1797.
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