More than 35,000 hectares of Sardinian territory are under military servitude, according to data from the island’s government. The figure is equivalent to 60% of the total military servitudes of Italy, although the island only has 2.5% of the population and 8% of the territory of the country. They are bases used by the Italian and other NATO armies mainly for military exercises.
A Foras, made up of 42 associations and civil society groups, denounces the “oppressive” military presence on the island, which has led to “environmental devastation”, real estate “speculation” and “depopulation and forced emigration” in the face of social and territorial degradation. The platform also criticizes that Sardinia is being used to experiment with weapons “for the enrichment of the factories of death.”
On the other hand, several researches point to a correlation between military exercises in Sardinia and a greater incidence of tumours in humans —both among civilians and military personnel— and malformations in animals.