Saturday, 29 January, 2022

A view shows a man handling construction works for the upcoming Christmas nativity scene in front of the Town Hall in Vibo Valentia, Calabria recently. Two years ago, thousands of people in this Calabrian city took to the streets on Christmas Eve morning to celebrate a massive police sweep that netted hundreds of alleged mafia members. For those living under the shadow of the 'Ndrangheta, it was the first time locals had dared to publically denounce Italy's most powerful organised crime syndicate that for decades has infiltrated the southern region's institutions, suffocated its economy and terrorised its people.