"Venice must be treated with respect and impolite people who come here and think they can do what they want must understand that, thanks to the local police, they can be stopped, fined and sent away," Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro said in a statement.
The ship, an MSC Opera owned by MSC Cruises, had been preparing to dock at a terminal in the Giudecca Canal, a major hub that leads to the popular Saint Mark's Square.
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