• Short Summary

    SEVEN POLICEMEN DIED WHEN THEY EXAMINED A CAR IN SICILY AT THE END OF JUNE.THE?

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    SEVEN POLICEMEN DIED WHEN THEY EXAMINED A CAR IN SICILY AT THE END OF JUNE.THE CAR WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN BOOBY-TRAPPED WITH EXPLOSIVES BY THE INFAMOUS "MAFIA" ORGANISATION.AT THESE SENSELESS DEATHS A WAVE OF ANGER SWEPT THROUGH RESPONSIBLE CIRCLES IN ITALY, AND WITH IT CAME A WIDESPREAD DEMAND FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE "MAFIA", THE SECRET SOCIETY WHICH GRIPS SICILY.

    HIGHLY ORGANISED OPERATIONS TO ARREST "MAFIA" SUPPORTERS BROUGHT IN AT LEAST 500 SUSPECTS.ARMY HELICOPTERS, DOGS, POLICE AND SOLDIERS WERE DEPLOYED TO LOOK FOR "MAFIA" LEADERS, BUT IN SPITE OF THE SCALE OF THE OPERATIONS ONLY ABOUT EIGHT MINOR "MAFIA" MEN WERE ARRESTED.

    IN PALERMO, THE CAPITAL OF THE ISLE OF SICILY, A SPECIAL HIGH-SPEED PATROL UNIT - THE "VOLANTI" - HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO MOVE SWIFTLY IN PURSUIT OF THE GANGSTERS.SMALL RADIO VANS, EACH CARRYING AT LEAST FOUR SOLDIERS, CAN GET TO ANY PART OF THE CITY WITHIN A FEW MINUTES OF AN ALARM.

    THESE FLYING "VOLANTI" PATROLS ARE HIGHLY-ARMED, AND THROUGH THEIR RADIO THEY CAN CALL IN REINFORCEMENTS SHOULD HELP BE REQUIRED.PART OF THEIR JOB IS TO CHECK ROAD TRAFFIC TO SEE IS ANY "MAFIA" LEADERS ARE TRYING TO SLIP THROUGH THE NET THE AUTHORITIES HAVE PUT OUT.SOMETIMES A REPORT REACHES POLICE HEADQUARTERS THAT A LEADER HAS BEEN SEEN GOING IN TO A FLAT IN THE CITY - THEN A FLYING "VOLANTI" PATROL MOVES IN AND SURROUNDS THE APARTMENT BLOCK.SEARCHLIGHTS PLAY ON THE WINDOW, TO CHECK ANY FRONTAL ESCAPE, WHILE THE POLICEMEN RACE UP THE STAIRS.

    "MAFIA" WAS ORGANISED OVER 500 YEARS AGO TO FIGHT OCCUPYING FORCES IN SICILY.IT LATER DEVELOPED INTO A CRIMINAL ORGANISATION, WHICH SINCE 1945 HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF 500 PEOPLE.MANY ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO BREAK THE "MAFIA" BUT THEY HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF THE "OMERTA" - THE CODE OF SILENCE WHICH PROMISES DEATH TO ANYONE WHO GIVES WAY THE ORGANISATION'S SECRETS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA1V5APRKQ7VDUWNAIY2QF7R23
    Media URN:
    VLVAA1V5APRKQ7VDUWNAIY2QF7R23
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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