Facing down the mafia

by Lorenzo Bodrero

Judges Giovanni Falcone (left) and Paolo Borsellino (right).

It’s a battle lasting for almost one and a half century the one between Italian mafias and the State. A war that has long gone over ordinary battlefields. State officials, prosecutors, judges, journalists, policemen, ordinary citizens have been killed in a fight that is still on.

But Italy is also a country with the most efficient judicial countermeasures to fight organized crime. To confiscate criminal assets and give them to civic groups is a law unmatched anywhere else in the world. But not only.

Behind it is a realm of civic associations and organizations made by ordinary citizens committed to fight back one of Italy’s most threatening plagues.

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