Italian Police Brace for (Actual) Mafia Wars

Sure, this gent's Italian, but he's not after the Mafia. Still...doesn't this image make you feel good and paranoid? Public domain photo from the US Navy.

An article in Time describes the deployment of 80 new Italian police officers in Calabria, where anti-Mafia officials are being threatened by the ‘Ndrangheta.

For those of you who aren’t Mafia nerds: the ‘Ndrangheta is one of southern Italy’s major criminal organizations, existing primarily in Calabria (the “toe” of Italy’s boot).

While the ‘Ndrangheta has historically been nowhere near as powerful as the far more famous Sicilian Mafia, both it and the Neapolitan Camorra have been growing in power since the early 1990s, when an unprecedented explosion of anti-government violence by the Sicilian syndicates resulted in an overwhelming full-court-press by the Italian people and government against Sicilian crime families.



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