The Mafia Burns Libera Terra’s 2,000 Orange Trees nearby Belpasso
I was reading the news on my smartphone and I learnt that Libera Terra‘s 2,000 orange trees were burnt together with 6 hectares of wheat and 100 olive trees in Belpasso nearby Mount Etna on the night of June 9.
The Mafia’s confiscated lands in Sicily, Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Lazio have been taken over by cooperatives of students and have produced oil, wine, pasta, taralli, legumes, preserves and other organic goods. One of these cooperatives is Cooperativa Beppe Montana Libera Terra in Sicily.
I have been following the activities of this organization and the good it does with great admiration. These young people are the best generation Sicily and Italy could hope for. They are actively fighting the Mafia and risking themselves in first person. They were assigned the Belpasso property 12 years after it was confiscated from the Mafia. They worked hard to clean up everything after so many years and produced the first oil, fruit, jams last year. The Mafia waited to inflict the hardest economic blowout.
Police told them that there is 50% chance that it might have been spontaneous combustion… Who buys this? I hope Libera Terra is not going to be left on its own. It deserves full solidarity and an opportunity to start again.
To help Cooperativa Beppe Montana Libera Terra, visit http://www.coopbeppemontana.org/COMEAIUTARCI/tabid/74/language/it-IT/Default.aspx