March 21st, 2009 in Breaking News

Tens of thousands march in Naples against mafia -

NAPLES (Reuters) - More than 100,000 people marched in Naples on Saturday in one of the biggest anti-mafia rallies in recent years to commemorate the victims of organized crime and demand an end to its stranglehold on southern Italy.

Relatives of victims, some wearing white gloves and holding pictures of their loved ones, led the demonstration as the names of some 900 people killed by the mafia were read out through loudspeakers.

One banner said: “You didn’t kill them. They are walking with us.” Another read: “Don’t turn the other way.”

Writer Roberto Saviano, a symbol of the fight against the mafia since his best-selling book “Gomorra” exposed how the mob dominates life around Naples, was also at the rally. The 29-year old has received death threats and lives under police escort.

Organizers said some 150,000 people from across Italy and 30 other countries attended the demonstration. Police put the number at more than 100,000.