When it comes to the fight against the mafia, the two most important figures to remember are the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo borsellino. They sacrificed their lives to fight organized crime.
Falcone and Borsellino were two magistrates – friends, united in work but also in everyday life, linked by the same tragic fate: death 57 days after each other in Palermo. Falcone murdered by the mafia in the Capaci massacre on May 23, 1992 and Borsellino killed by the mafia in the Via D’Amelio massacre on July 19 of the same year.
Their death, however, was not in vain. Falcone and Borsellino are two heroes who in the following years have inspired many young people to never stop fighting against the mafia.
They began to work together in the anti-mafia pool wanted by Judge Caponnetto. The idea was to unite all the best judges in Palermo to make them work together only on mafia-type crimes. Despite the dissolution of the anti-mafia pool, Falcone and Borsellino continued their fight until they were killed. The car in which Falcone was traveling was detonated with 1000 kg of TNT on the highway that carried the judge from the airport to the city of Palermo. Borsellino was killed in front of his mother’s door following the explosion of a car filled with TNT.
After Falcone and Borsellino many other judges continued to fight against the mafia. The fear of being victims of mafia-type attacks has not vanished, but today more and more young people are supporting the associations that fight the mafia.
Falcone and Borsellino are remembered every year and this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the massacres.
My school also collaborated with the Mayor of my country to commemorate the 1992 massacres by participating in a demonstration on May 23rd. I intervened by reading my reflections and showing my drawing to raise awareness and… Not to forget!