It is easy to understand why the earthquake victims are so angry. Just look around: There have been no changes in Arquata del Tronto since Aug. 24, when the earthquake demolished the town. The gutted houses, the rubble piled in the streets, the deep cracks on the walls left standing.
In recent months, only earthquakes seemed to remember the earthquake victims, with a cluster of seismic activity that only in recent weeks has begun to slow down. There have been tens of thousands tremors of varying intensity. Every time the victims felt them, it was a reminder of their nightmare.
Under the town’s citadel, on Salaria Road, hundreds gathered Saturday morning to express their displeasure (an understatement) at a reconstruction that has never really begun. They blocked the road with tractors and held signs, all under the slogan “The re-shock of the earthquake victims.” Their logo is a shattered heart, and each banner bears the name of the towns they represent: not only Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata, certainly, but also Castelluccio di Norcia, Visso, Pieve Torrina and other Macerata towns destroyed in the second seismic wave in late October.