Demonstrations, debates, exhibitions, theatrical performances, torchlight processions: there are many initiatives organized in every part of Sicily and in other regions of the country in memory of judge Paolo Borsellino and the 5 escort agents (Agostino Catalano, Emanuela Loi, Vincenzo Li Muli, Walter Eddie Cosina and Claudio Traina) murdered thirty years ago in the massacre of via D’Amelio, on July 19, 1992. The recent sentence of the trial in Caltanissetta on the so-called misdirection (prescription for two policemen and acquittal for the third) weighs heavily on the celebrations. which created bitterness among the families of the victims.
“We would have liked to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary with a victory over the mafia and therefore with the discovery of the truth, unfortunately this year will only be a postponed appointment”, says Salvatore Borsellino, brother of the magistrate. “Numerous trials have been held but we are still waiting to know all the names of those who wanted the massacres of ’92 -’93. We are clear that different hands have competed with those of the Cosa Nostra to commit these crimes but who knows these occult relationships remains bound by the blackmail of silence “, continues Salvatore Borsellino. “Now we ask for silence – he warns – Silence on the catwalks. Silence on politics. Because instead of treasuring what has happened in these thirty years, we realize that the fight against the Mafia is no longer part of any political program”. And he explains that “this year our day of remembrance will be titled ‘The Sound of Silence’ and since nothing must be able to break this silence, if not music, tomorrow there will be only a platform in Via D’Amelio on which there will be a great cellist, Luca Franzetti “.
Today the Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, will meet in Palermo at 10 in via D’Amelio the girls and boys participating in the “Coloriamo via d’Amelio” initiative, organized by the ‘Paolo e Rita Borsellino’ Study Center. Then also the students and teachers of the comprehensive “Antonio Ugo” Institute involved in activities and initiatives that fall within the scope of the ‘Summer 2022 Plan’. At 10 am, the chief of police Lamberto Giannini will lay a laurel wreath in the escort office of the Police Headquarters; at 11, in the Cathedral, mass officiated by the archbishop of Palermo, Corrado Lorefice. In the evening the traditional torchlight procession will take place from Piazza Vittorio Veneto in via D’Amelio organized by the Forum on 19 July.
Meanwhile, yesterday in the arrivals area of the ‘Fontanarossa’ airport in Catania, the ANSA photographic exhibition was set up with texts and images, entitled ‘The legacy of Falcone and Borsellino’ which on 20 May was also installed in the airport of Palermo named after the two magistrates. “Here are remembered men and women who gave their lives so that Sicily and Italy are part of a country where the law is not an optional, but a condition of life for everyone”, said Metropolitan Archbishop Luigi Renna. . “An exhibition – added the governor Nello Musumeci – which tells a path of pain and hope, which describes with the force of images the tenacity and sacrifice, up to the extreme, of two great Sicilians. And that the Sicilian Region has supported with conviction”. The ANSA exhibition will also be set up in the Teatro di Verdura in Palermo, on the occasion of the show “The legacy of the righteous” by the composer Marco Tutino, a story in music that constitutes the epilogue of the season of the Teatro Massimo Foundation dedicated this year to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Mafia massacres.
But there are many shows and initiatives throughout Italy. At 16.59, the time of the attack, on the island of Favignana, the meeting “You did not kill them” will take place to remember the victims of via D’Amelio. In Reggio Calabria, in the space adjacent to the entrance to the Aragonese Castle, a “bench of memory” was installed with Borsellino’s phrase “if the youth deny it consent, even the mafia will vanish like a nightmare”. In Piazza della Scala in Milan, at 7.30 pm organized by the city coordination of FdI, a piano concert with pieces performed by maestro Alfonso Di Rosa accompanied by readings against the mafia delivered by Borsellino.