Saw this yesterday. http://www.gustavline.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89:places-of-remembrance-in-montecassino-desecrated-2&catid=20&Itemid=139&lang=en A few extracts. An initiative merely commercial, subtly masked as meritorious work to realize a nativity among the ruins of the monastery of Santa Maria dell'Albaneta, a short walk from the Abbey of Monte Cassino and the Polish Military Cemetery, has already led to the violation of the monumental area where there are strong traces of World War II, through the implementation of work that is likely to have an impact on biodiversity and has already produced a significant change in the morphology of the territory.... ..... A large but brief success lasted only five months since the promoters of 'Christmas' have begun denying the entrance to the area for "organizational reasons". Many tourists and visitors that in light of this inauguration, knowing the opportunity to visit the sites of the battles, were refused access by unauthorized personnel who told them to go back on their steps. This moreover is occurring on a municipal road which by law is freely accessible. Is must be clear that in recent days, after exhausting bureaucratic procedures that required nearly two years, we have finally received the last permits that authorize us to carry out the actions that we planned at the initial planning. As just expressed, these authorizations were necessary to highlight the process we followed, albeit for modest interventions, but necessary to ensure the legality, respect for the sites and their history, as opposed to what is incredibly happening in the heart of Albaneta where, under the eyes of stunned visitors, bulldozers and mechanical means have arbitrarily plowed roads and material evidence of the conflict, paving the turf and desecrating what, at the cost of thousands of lives lost for an ideal, today is so disrespectfully commodified.