Rome treats Venice and the surrounding area "like the suburbs of the Roman Empire", the president of the Veneto region said Wednesday, as local residents vote on whether to split from Italy.
The president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia gives a press conference on the vote for the independence of the region, on March 19, 2014 in Rome
"Rome thinks it is still an empire. It goes at its own speed and is slowing the rest of us down," Luca Zaia told foreign journalists in Rome.
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