Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Italian mayor threatened by mob resigns


Monasterace, July 8 - A mayor in the Calabrian town
of Monasterace who endured repeated death threats resigned
Maria Carmela Lanzetta, a mother of two and a pharmacist by
trade, said she resigned when the city council voted not to
stand as plaintiff in a mob-related case.
She first tendered her resignation then retracted it
shortly after someone fired shots at her car one year ago.
In June 2011 her pharmacy was burned by arsonists.
Lanzetta, who travels with a police escort, said the choice
was "painful but necessary" in an open letter to House Speaker
Laura Boldrini, who was planning a visit to Monasterace later
this week.
Lanzetta became mayor in 2003 after the town was dissolved
for infiltration by the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia,
believed to be the strongest in Italy due to its hold on the
European cocaine trade.

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