Italia manda al ejército para combatir mafia

25.09.2008 @ 10:13 \10\Thu, 25 Sep 2008 10:13:59 +0000\59 +0000 UTC

Una prueba más de que Italia es igual que México, solamente que los italianos corren con la suerte de que en el norte tienen a Europa.

Italy will send 500 troops to the southern Campania region to help police fight the local mafia, the government has announced.

The move follows the killings of six African immigrants and an Italian near the city of Naples last week.

The killings – which sparked a riot by immigrants – are blamed on the local mafia, the Camorra, and are believed to be drug-related.

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni announced a three-month deployment of 500 soldiers to Campania after a cabinet meeting.

They will join an extra 400 police and paramilitary carabinieri who have already been deployed in an effort to break the Camorra’s stranglehold on its heartlands around Naples.

The government will be hoping that the move sends a clear message of intent to the crime syndicate in Campania, the BBC’s Mark Duff says.

But the culture of Camorra criminality runs deep, offering its own social network, sense of community and jobs of a kind – mainly involving cigarette-smuggling, drugs and petty crime, our correspondent says.

Vía la BBC

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