The Mafia is handing out food to Italy’s needy and offering interest-free loans to impose control over people’s lives and capitalise on the country’s coronavirus crisis. Anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano, who wrote the script for Italian crime drama Gomorrah, told journalists yesterday that at the most basic level, the mob is handing out groceries to the poorest Italians to ensure favours once the crisis is over. He added they are also preparing to snatch up struggling businesses as the country awaits European funding to boost its battered economy. Saviano, who is currently under police protection in New York after the release of the series, is an expert on mafia groups and how they have successfully expanded beyond drugs and other illegal activity to worm their way into otherwise legitimate businesses and sectors across the world. In Italy’s southern capital Naples, moneylenders, on orders of the Camorra, have cancelled interest on debt, Saviano said. ‘For what purpose? For favours,’ he said. Volunteers from the ‘Chentro’ social centre of the suburban and popular district of Tor Bella Monaca distribute packages with food collected among the inhabitants of the neighbourhood for families in economic difficulty today in Rome Pictured: Roberto Saviano, a writer… Read full this story
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