The dispute between the citizens living just north of Rome and the Vatican Radio framework of Santa Maria di Galeria starts in the 1980s, when a local physician noticed that the number of people suffering from leukemia and lymphoma in the area, especially children, was significantly above the national average.
After a media hype in the early 2000s, the story has gradually faded into silence while the Vatican Radio antennas have been keeping broadcasting, thus filling the local cemeteries with the interrupted dreams and broken lives of all who have seen denied their costitutional right to healt.
Left alone against both their illness and the wall of the “conspiracy of silence” built by the Holy See and cemented by Italian institutions and media, the people living north of Rome established citizen comittees and, thanks to their work and despair, two criminal proceedings have been instituted in recent years.
The first one, closed on February 2011, has seen two Vatican Radio’s executives convicted for “launching of life-threatening things” connected to the electromagnetic pollution. The second one, for multiple manslaughter, is still ongoing.
The epidemiological expertise required by the magistrate in the probationary incident has confirmed the link between leukemia and electromagnetic waves .The expert, Dr. Micheli of the Milan Institute for Cancer, has reported: "Such high levels of risk are found in the literature science, only in epidemiological studies for the areas that have been affected by the explosion of an atomic bomb. "
The memory of those who have been unable to overcome their disease and those who can still see its ghost in the antennas of Santa Maria di Galeria (over 100 meters high), continues in the protests, the demonstrations and complaints of the citizens committees who, eleven years after the beginning of the criminal proceedings, are still fighting for their right to health.