Is the time for a real fight against the mafia?
Italy is in need of legality
I was born in Palermo and have always been aware of the bad and good of my region, Sicily. The beautiful and fertile land of the countryside, the hypnotising clear blue sea and the rich history slammed against the horror and brutality of the mafia. Why is the mafia is still strong? As I am growing older the belief that the central government has never truly fought against it, it’s becoming an absolute certainty. For decades, freemasonry, the diverted intelligence agencies and corrupted politicians have hampered the effort of good magistrates fighting the organised crime.
Wash your mouth when talking about the Judges, Falcone and Borsellino.
The mafia is been the instigator of many murders of State’s representatives such as police officers, magistrates, obstinate politicians and journalists, not to forget hundreds of innocent people. Since the mafia has killed the two Judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borselllino ( with the aim of destabilising the State) and their bodyguards on the summer of 1992, these two magistrates have became the symbol of Justice and Legality. They have and they always will represent the real fight against the cancer called mafia.
Since then many politicians have rushed to name the two judges only to secure public consents while being themselves later accused of corruption or mafia’s affiliation while today magistrates continue to look for the truth, the reasons and the brains behind those attacks to the Democracy.
It seemed we were at a turning point. The people abhorred by the massacres blamed the government of loosing the battle and of abandoning the two judges to fight alone against bigger and stronger forces . Anger filled the streets and politicians were forced to hide from public view but time passed and things were starting to change. The bombs stopped and everything went quiet.
But now what has changed?
Now Italy is considered the most corrupted country in Europe and ranked in 69th/175 position between the most corrupted countries in the world(Transparency.org). The level of illegality is so high that it’s believed to be one of the causes of the deep economic crisis that is still strangling Italy. The low number of foreign and domestic investments seems to be ascribable to two main factors: the first is that foreign companies would not come and invest in Italy because of the cost and the taxation’s level the second reason is that the Italian government is not yet been able to destroy and eradicate the mafia that is now present and active all over the national territory. The latest scandal of the “Mafia Capital” (The Independent ref) has brought to light connection, between criminal organisation and political figures. Where Mafia gangsters, corrupt politicians and a one-eyed former terrorist, have made millions in Rome, by exploiting migrants and gipsies.
The new paladins of liberty
But lets go back to the bright side of the medal, the fighters. Who are the new Guardians? Well, the first that comes to my mind is the magistrate Nino Di Matteo. He is the president of the national magistrates association. In his career he has often dealt with important issue such the relationship between organised crime and members of the institutions. He’s been engaged in the trial of former prefect Mario Mori , in relation to offenses possibly related to the negotiations between the state and the mafia . During the process was made public the threat of death by the boss Toto Riina , intercepted by the judiciary during a private conversation with another inmate in prison : ” He deserve the same fate of the others “. Following the threats received Di Matteo has undergone exceptional security measures (including the assignment of the device Bomb Jammer ) , announced to the press by the Interior Minister Angelino Alfano in December 2013 , raising the degree of protection to the maximum level. The jammer that is the equipment which inhibits the use of remote controls that could detonate bombs remotely. This important electronic deterrent, has never arrived.
Another relevant figure is the magistrate Roberto Scarpinato, currently general attorney at the court of appeals of Palermo. He conducted investigations on the relationship between the Mafia and the diverted Freemasonry on the so called “negotiation ” between the state and Cosa Nostra in the period of the massacres, and the relationship between the Mafia and the diverted economy, demonstrating that the Mafia has changed form, from ignorant bloodthirsty criminals to white-collar criminals. Even Scarpinato is under protection after that an anonymous letter containing warnings was found on his office desk within the Court House fortress.
There are many other respected figures but Di Matteo and Scarpinato have too many worrying resemblances with Falcone and Borsellino.
I am with Nino Di Matteo.
Following the death threats by Cosa Nostra addressed to prosecutor Nino Di Matteo , the civil society has mobilized at his side. Many students from various schools together with numerous common people have formed various groups “Io sto con Nino Di Matteo” (I am with Nino Di Matteo) and “Scorta Civica“(Civic Escort). Their aim is to show their support and to create a protective circle around the magistrate by organizing sit-in in the square situated in front of the Court House.
I would love so much to be able one day to see my country free from the mafia.