• Short Summary

    ITALIAN POLICE ARE SCOURING SICILY IN A BID TO WIPE OUT THE MAFIA TERROR.ALREADY, SEVERAL?

  • Description

    ITALIAN POLICE ARE SCOURING SICILY IN A BID TO WIPE OUT THE MAFIA TERROR.ALREADY, SEVERAL HUNDRED ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE, BUT THE MAFIA LEADERS HAVE SO FAR MANAGED TO ELUDE THE DRAGNET.THE DRIVE AGAINST ITALY'S MOST DREADED GANG INTENSIFIED EARLIER THIS MONTH AFTER SEVEN POLICEMEN WERE KILLED WHEN THEIR CAR WAS BLOWN UP.THE MAFIA WAS BLAMED AND FOR 23 OTHER KILLINGS THIS YEAR.

    MAFIA- IT IS SLANG FOR "SUPERIORS" - HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AS A NATURAL ORDER FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY IN THE POVERTY - STRICKEN AREAS OF SICILY.ITS GANGS TRY TO TERRORISE TRADERS INTO PAYING MONEY FOR "PROTECTION," FOR PERMISSION TO SET UP NEW BUSINESSES, OR TO OBTAIN COMMERCIAL CONCESSIONS.THEY ARE PARTICULARLY ACTIVE IN THE FOOD AND PROVISION MARKETS, IN THE BUILDING TRADE, AND IN THE CAR INDUSTRY.FAILURE TO HEED THEIR REQUESTS FOR MONEY COULD MEAN A BOMBING RAID OR EVEN DEATH.

    LAST YEAR, THE SICILIAN REGIONAL ASSEMBLY UNANIMOUSLY ASKED THE ROME PARLIAMENT TO UNDERTAKE AN INQUIRY INTO THE MAFIA.THE KILLINGS OF THE SEVEN POLICEMEN SPURRED ROME INTO ACTION,.BUT MANY ITALIANS ARE PESSIMISTIC OF SUCCESS.THEY BELIEVE NOTHING WILL STOP THE MAFIA FLOURISHING.AFTER ALL, THEY POINT OUT, IT HAS SURVIVED ALL GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING MUSSOLINI'S.FURTHER MORE, THE MAFIA IS NOT JUST CONFINED TO ITALY.ITS TENTACLES STRETCH AS FAR AS LONDON, NEW YORK AND BUENOS AIRES.

    THE MAFIA HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY ACTIVE IN RECENT YEARS TRYING TO STOP WORK ON THE IATO DAM IN WEST SICILY.THE DAM WILL SUBMERGE A VALLEY AND REDUCE THE CHRONIC UNEMPLOYMENT.HOWEVER, THE MAFIA DISAGREED WITH THE PROJECT AND RESORTED TO SABOTAGE TO PREVENT WORK ON IT.NOW- AFTER 15 YEARS - WORK IS GOING ON IN EARNEST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAIBC668DKLE00J64B1PBWQKLP
    Media URN:
    VLVAIBC668DKLE00J64B1PBWQKLP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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