Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

'Ndrangheta headquarters turned into 'mafia-free' pub


Turin, May 3 - A notorious bar frequented by the
'Ndrangheta mafia in Turin has been converted into a 'gang-free'
Once known as 'Bar Italia', the former mafia hangout has
reopened as 'Italia Libera', or Free Italy, under the auspices
of Libera, an organization that converts former mob property
into socially responsible businesses and institutions.
The new bar aims to provide work programs for the
Under its original management, owner Giuseppe Catalano ran
Bar Italia as a headquarters for the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta,
the most powerful of Italy's mafias due to its virtual monopoly
on the European cocaine trade.
Catalano killed himself last year after confessing to
working for the crime group after 146 of its members were
arrested and 169 were indicted in 2011 in a roundup known as
operation Minotaur.
The new bar was inaugurated Friday at a ceremony with
Libera director Don Luigi Ciotti, local politicians and law
"I hope this place brings refreshment not just to the
palate, but to the conscience as well," said Ciotti.

(photo: Don Luigi Ciotti)

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