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[Pictures] Italian officials support each other in lonely stand against mafia

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By Euronews
[Pictures] Italian officials support each other in lonely stand against mafia

<p>They are mayors. They took a stand against the mafia and are now threatened. A network has been established in Italy to help and connect them: Avviso Pubblico (Public Warning). It mainly offers a moral support to administrators who fight organised crime in their towns.</p> <p>In 2015, a public official was threatened by mafia groups every 18 hours on average. According to Avviso Pubblico mafia groups used 479 threats against public officials in 2015, a third more than the previous year. Among the methods used to deliver these threats: arson attacks, dead animals or bullets through the post, death threats…</p> <p>Since 1991, 212 town councils have been dissolved for mafia infiltration.</p> <p>In 40 years, the mob has murdered 132 local administrators.</p> <p><strong>Portraits</strong></p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/euronews/albums/72157674625428585" title="Italian mayors against Mafia"><img src="https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8410/29417416463_90b9619839.jpg" width="500" height="341" alt="Italian mayors against Mafia"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>