Italy’s economic crisis risks sparking ‘civil war’ in Sicily

Saturday, July 21, 2012
By Paul Martin

The misery caused by Italy’s financial crisis could spark a “civil war” in the southern island of Sicily, the mayor of regional capital Palermo said on Friday.

20 Jul 2012

“Because of an explosive mix of despair felt by many families and the stranglehold of organised crime, a civil war could even break out,” mayor Leoluca Orlando told the economic daily Wirtschaftsblatt.

“Sicily is the Greece of Italy,” said Orlando, a member of the anti-corruption Italy of Values party and a staunch anti-Mafia champion.

“We’ve managed to stay afloat only because we’re a part of Italy,” he added.

“Many businesses are shutting, families on low incomes can no longer pay their electricity bills,” said Orlando, who has been mayor since May.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Mario Monti expressed concern that the region ran the risk of bankruptcy.

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