Covid-19: Mafia buying food for Italy’s poor to exert more control

Issued on: 11/04/2020 – 11:49Modified: 11/04/2020 – 12:01

Criminal organisations in Italy are distributing food and ordering interest-free lending to the needy to try to extend their influence, Italian anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano has warned. Italy’s mafia groups are also poised to snatch up struggling businesses as the country — which is in crisis over the deadly coronavirus pandemic — awaits European funding to boost its battered economy, he said.

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