« Today, it’s raining but it is nevertheless the first day of Spring : there are thousands and thousands of young people, adults, associations, that are marching altogether » Luigi Ciotti
Around one million of people in more than 4000 places in Italy, among which associations, parishes, schools, universities, jails, public service, all participated in the 23rd Day of Memory and Commitment in remembrance of the mafia innocent victims.
In Foggia, this year’s main place, 40 000 persons have marched alongside the numerous relatives of mafia innocent victims, from the early hours of the day, under the rain.
« Terra, solchi di verità e giustizia » (Land, furrows of truth and justice) was the slogan accompanying this 23rd Day of Memory and Commitment, which has become a National Day last year. A slogan specially written for Foggia, the choice for this year’s main place, that was chosen in order ton denounce the power and ferocity of an emerging and under-evaluated mafia, responsible of numerous crimes over the years, that have, for the most of them, remained unpunished.
The nephews of Hiso Telaray, an Albanese innocent victim of illegal employment, came to Foggia and visited the cooperative Terra di Puglia where is produced the wine Hiso Telaray. Halima Aissa, the president of the Tunisian organization ARDEPTE, that researches missing persons who have crossed the Mediterranean sea to seek a better life in Europe, also came to Foggia and spoke during the Assembly of Relatives of innocent victims.
Nevertheless, the 23rd Day of Memory and Commitment in remembrance of mafia innocent victims was not only celebrated across Italy but also across the world.
In Messico were organized numerous events by Red RETOÑO, a network co-promoted by Libera and Cauce Ciudadano AC. Click here for more information.
In Germany, in Berlin, Mafia? Nein Danke organized the projection of « Fortapasc » at the Regenbogen Fabrik and the reading of the list of names of mafias innocent victims. This year, in the list was the name of a German boy, Thomas Hacker, unfairly killed by mafia, and whose name is too often forgotten.
In France, in Marseille, Libera France – DeMains Libre organized the projection of the movie « Lea » with the presence of the leading actress, Vanessa Scalera. They spoke about mafias, outside the Italian frontiers, in order to give a voice to all the stories of Memory and Commitment, such as the one of Lea Garofalo.
Here you can find the description of the event by DeMains Libres Marseille :
” On the 21st of March 2018, the Marseille branch of « DeMains libres » association (previously known as Libera France) has organized an evening event at « L’Équitable Café » to honor the memory of mafia innocent victims. This collaboration with « L’Équiable Café » has been ongoing for three years now : it is especially important as it is a central place in Marseille’s associative life, hosting regularly different associations meetings.
A banquet was prepared with a few Libera Terra products and the presentation of information material about the association (gadgets and flyers about E!State Liberi!)
First of all, we presented our association, emphasizing on the creation of Libera. Then, we focused on the importance of the 21st of March and on the meaning of such a day. We explained what was the intention behind Libera, how it evolved, what succeeds in Italy on this day, mentioning finally the formal recognition obtained from the Italian Parliament last year. In this regard, the Italian Consul in Marseille has made a brief speech on the importance of the human and social networks to fight altogether, as « simple » citizens, the mafias phenomena.
We’ve chosen to project the movie « Lea » of Marco Tullio Giordana in remembrance of Lea Garofalo. We thought the movie was interesting and useful to show the establishment of a type of mafia « coming from the South of Italy » but that is making profits in the North, and to highlight the positive role that sometimes, women can have in the context of a traditional mafia family.
The projection was followed by a debate in presence of the main actress of the movie Vanessa Scalera. The French public seemed to be very interested and therefore very active in the quest to know more about the direction of the movie and the approach of Vanessa in the appropriation of the role. it has been the occasion to bring down some stereotypes about Italy, mafias (and sometimes the idealization of mafia by young people etc.)…
The members of DeMains Libres were truly happy to see how much the public was interested. This event has particularly been useful for the association in showing what our actions are and maybe making some people want to join our group of volunteers.
In the Netherlands, in Rotterdam was held an « Anti-Mafia Dinner » with he products of Libera Terra in order to celebrate the 21st of March and remember all the agro-mafias innocent victims. Thanks to SFYN Rotterdam and Groenten Zonder Grenzen – GZG for organizing such a beautiful event. Click here to discover more.
In France, in Paris was organized a dinner on the 23rd of March 2018 in La Nouvelle Rotisserie, where 80 persons joined Libera France – DeMains Libres to discover Libera Terra products and pay tribute to all mafias innocent victims.
Libera’s group in Tenerife, Canaries, has also celebrated the 21st of March, for the second consecutive time, with the lecture of the 900 names of mafias innocent victims, also remembering the international victims that, in this particular day, have resonated in the voices of thousands of people across the world. A special thanks to the Periodico Vivi Tenerife. Click here (IT) or here (ESP) to see the video of the lectures of the names of mafias innocent victims.
In Belgium, in Bruxelles was held a workshop where agro-mafias and ethical alimentation were discussed with the products of Libera Terra. Then, the documentary « Mozzarella, l’Or Blanc » (Mozzarella, the white gold) was projected after the commemoration of mafias innocent victims, terrorism and illegal employment victims. Thanks to Libera Bruxelles for this initiative.