Italy’s president, whose brother was murdered by Cosa Nostra, traveled on Sunday to an organized crime stronghold to honor a whole lot of Italians slain by the nation’s crime clans over the previous many years.
President Sergio Mattarella additionally praised the judges, prosecutors, cops, union leaders, businessmen and politicians who courageously combatted or denounced organized crime.
Through the ceremony in Locri, a Calabrian city that may be a lengthy-time base of the ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate, the names of harmless victims — some caught within the crossfire of turf wars — have been learn aloud. Among the many names was that of the president’s brother, Piersanti Mattarella, the Sicilian governor assassinated in Palermo in 1980.
The occasion anticipated Italy’s annual remembrance day, occurring later this week, for victims of organized crime.
Close to Naples, tons of of scouts crammed a church within the mobster-infested city of Casal di Principe to pay tribute to a priest, Giuseppe Diana, who denounced the native Caselesi crime clan of the Camorra syndicate. Diana was shot to dying within the church vestry in 1994.
Mattarella lamented the “Mafia continues to be robust” and controls or tries to infiltrate a lot of Italy’s financial system. He denounced “grey areas, these of complicity,” which mobsters exploit, a reference to corruptible politicians and public directors who, investigations have discovered, assist mafiosi win profitable contracts in development and social providers, comparable to hospitals.
Whereas rooted for generations in Italy’s underdeveloped south, the ‘ndrangheta, Camorra and different syndicates have additionally infiltrated companies in prosperous northern Italy. Mobsters have been laundering illicit income in well-liked eating places and cafes in Rome and elsewhere. Reliable manufacturing companies within the north turned to the Camorra to illegally eliminate poisonous waste to economize and keep away from paperwork.
Nonetheless, progress has come. Younger individuals in Sicily impressed many shopkeepers and industrialists there to cease paying Cosa Nostra “safety” cash.
Locri Bishop Francesco Oliva insisted Calabria needs to interrupt with a previous “stained by the blood of crime feuds that sowed demise and desperation.”
Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemilio
This story has been corrected to point out that Francesco Oliva is a bishop, not archbishop.
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