It was a success. Four thousand events took place all over Italy and also abroad. All together, more than a half a million people took to the streets. These are the numbers of the march organized by the anti-Mafia organization Libera for the National Day of Remembrance and Commitment Against the Mafia.
In Rome, thousands took part in a procession across the city from the area around the Lido station up to Ravennati square on the Ostia pier, the symbolic center of the coastal town, the only municipality of Rome dissolved because of the mafia. In Trapani (Sicily), 12,000 marched through the city streets.
”We are the life of these victims of the Mafia. Matteo Messina Denaro, we read these names in your face. See what you did?” These were the final remarks of the regional president of Libera Sicily, Gregorio Porcaro, after reading the names of the victims of the Mafia.
in Verbania, Lake Maggiore, 50 buses transported 5,000 people to the rally of Libera Piemonte, in the presence of Giorgio Ambrosoli’s family. He was the lawyer killed in 1979 because he had accepted the appointment as liquidator of Banca Privata Italiana, Michele Sindona’s bank.
“The Verbano hosted the first anti-Mafia trial for identification of a Mafia gang in Northern Italy back in 1992, and it revealed the ‘Ndrangheta cell in Ossola,” said Eugenio Bonolis, a representative of Free Verbania. “Behind the image of a happy land, there is a subtle vulnerability that does not make it resilient to criminal activities — if anything, it makes it more attractive.”
In Milan, the event was held in Quarto Oggiaro. Participants held flags, banners, paper flowers and colored sheets with the names and stories of the victims. ”We must never get distracted,” said mayor Beppe Sala, who from the stage wanted to confirm that “we have to get together on this fight that cannot be delegated to anyone else.”
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