Rally Against Mafia Is Poorly Attended

The message was strong: Stop a rash of suspected mob killings. The response was weak.

Only about 100 people attended a rally Saturday called to denounce Mafia violence in a city considered a stronghold of the Sicilian underworld. At least nine people have been killed in suspected Mafia turf wars in Catania and surrounding areas during the past two weeks.

“We feel alone and abandoned,” said prosecutor Mario Amato as he looked over the near-empty plaza designated as the site of the protest.

“Catania seems to be a city indifferent to the problems of the Mafia,” he added.

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