The Italian government is considering sending troops to Naples to restore order after a spate of murders and violent crime in the city. Yesterday saw a fourth murder in three days. At least some of the recent killings have been linked to the Camorra – a branch of the Mafia synonomous with Naples.
Justice Minister Clemente Mastella has called for the army to be deployed. “We needed to confront the feeling of insecurity in the population” he said. A government source said a decision on the matter would be taken in the coming days.
Extra police reinforcements are already on the way. Naples draws tens of thousands of tourists every year because of its history, architecture and setting at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius. Authorities are concerned the upsurge in violent crime could undermine this vital source of income.