There have been appeals eminating from Italy to put a stop to mafia-linked violence in the wake of the killing of six men in Germany. The victims, all Italian, were shot as they sat in cars outside a pizzeria in Duisberg. They were linked to the ‘Ndrangheta, a crime ring in the Italian region of Calabria. Italy’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi made a direct appeal to the young generations of southern Italy to help the government stamp out organised crime. German investigators say the murders are “very probably” the latest episode in a clan feud that started 16 years ago in the Italian town of San Luca. A local priest called for the women of San Luca to use their influence to calm the violence.
Father Giancarlo Bregantini said “vengeance and forgiveness are born in the hearts of women. Men just carry out the deeds. With faith and community spirit, women can turn the hurt into courage”. Meanwhile, German police have issued a photo of a man they want to talk to in connection with the killings. The man is thought to be the driver of a large black car seen speeding off just after the shootings outside the Da Bruno restaurant.