City authorities have begun a 300,000 clean-up campaign to remove illegal posters from walls around the city. The Mura Pulite, or Clean Walls, initiative will continue until mid July, with 28 three-man squads working three shifts day and night. Work has already begun in the first and second municipi. On the nights of 14 and 15 June, the road will be partially closed to traffic between Viale del Policlinico and Piazzale Flaminio so that the squads can clean up the Muro Torto, which is currently carpeted with electoral posters. Illegal posters in favour of centre-right political parties are in the majority, covering 60 per cent of illegal spaces, according to newspaper Il Messaggero. Criticism has been leveled at the 100 fine for illegal posting (and the 80 fine for anyone caught in the act), which is proving an ineffective deterrent. Since January, 450,000 illegal posters have been removed at a cost of 600,000. During the local election campaigns, authorities were taking down around 8,000 posters a day.
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