Sanremo in Italy remembers the victims of the mafia attacks 30 years ago

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News in Italy: Saviano pays tribute to slain anti-Mafia judges Falcone and Borsellino and state witness Rita Atria.

The Sanremo Music Festival, Italy’s biggest song contest, paid tribute on Thursday evening to the victims of the capacity and Via d’Amelio The mafia attacks whose 30th anniversary take place this year.

Writer Roberto Saviano – who has been under police protection since 2006 after his book Gomorrah exposed the actions of the Neapolitan Camorra – was the special guest at the five-night festival which is broadcast live to millions of Italians.

Before introducing Saviano, the presenter of Sanremo Amadeus listed the names of the victims of the attacks, including anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellinoto a standing ovation from the audience.

Falcone and Borsellino have spent most of their distinguished professional careers as judges and prosecutors trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian mafia.

Saviano began his monologue by pointing out that the story of the two judges is one of those who “choose knowing that they are taking risks”.

Saviano recalled that, accused of seeking the attention of “haters”, Falcone and Borsellino had been “discredited” for “creating distrust in those who were on their side”.

“Today they are celebrated as heroes but that was not the case when they were alive,” Saviano said, recalling that the judges were accused of “sensationalising” their work with sirens and police escorts.

However, he said, “The mafia failed to tarnish the example of their brave choices.”

“Their story is part of the collective memory, for all of us they are symbols of courage, courage is a choice,” said Saviano, who added that choosing to remain neutral “only ends up making it an accomplice”. .

Falcon was murdered by the Corleonesi mafia in a bomb attack on the A29 motorway near the town of capacity on May 23, 1992. Falcone’s wife and three police officers were also killed in the explosion.

57 days later, Borsellino was killed by a car bomb on Via d’Amelio in Palermo, along with five police officers, on July 19.

Saviano also recalled the story of Rita Atriathe late sister-in-law Piera Aiello who is now a politician for the populist Movimento 5 Stelle after living undercover for years due to her stance against the mafia.

Rita Atria

At 17, Atria had decided to become a witness for justice in an important Mafia investigation in Sicily, following the murder of her brother Nicola in 1991. Her father was murdered in 1985 when she was 11 years old.

Following in Aiello’s footsteps, she placed her trust in Borsellino – who became a father figure to her – and she was transferred to a guarded refuge in a secret location in Rome.

A week after the Via d’Amelio bombing, she committed suicide by jumping from the window of the building on the seventh floor.

Saviano concluded his Sanremo speech by reading a passage from an essay dedicated to Falcone, written by Atria a few weeks before his suicide.

“With the death of Falcone, these men wanted to say that they will always win. The only way to eliminate this scourge is to convince young people that outside there is another world. Maybe a honest world will never exist, but which prevents us from dreaming. Maybe, if each of us tries to change. Maybe, we can make it happen.”

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