IN CASERTA, SOUTH OF ITALY, BACK ON "THANK YOU FOR SMOKING" TILL JAN. '19
I'm now also focusing and documenting the aggregation of the many local environmental movements and citizen associations that are taking over the fight against new incinerators and speculations in a district literally destroyed and poisoned by a mix of Camorra and legal-but-criminal entrepreneurial interests often facilitated by Regional and National governments complicity of the last 20 years.
"We're asking and providing by our self independent informations, knowledge, integrated approach to environmental issues and creating a new non-partisan network of territorial struggles. These are the topics on the eternal dish of the Land of Fires."
from the regional assembly #STOPBIOCIDIO, Saint Francis church of Marcianise, CE, Nov. the 29th, where this picture was taken.
After a disastrous series of arsons in big-size waste treatment facilities that have characterized the Summer and the Autumn of local communities with a (almost) new type of environmental disasters, the 5 Star Movement & Northern League coalition national government is giving unclear and often harmful answers, in a mix of never-ending electoral campaign and vague proposals.
The 5 Star Movement has taken roots in South of Italy, where the vast majority of the population elected this populist coalition, organizing a special Council of Ministers in Caserta on Nov. the 19th and co-signed with the Regional President of Campania Vincenzo De Luca a Memorandum of Understanding for urgent action for the "Land of Fires" that pushed forward for concrete improvements only for some of the many critical issues in the area.
On the other side Northern League leader, Matteo Salvini, Italian Minister of Interior & Vice President, further polarized public opinion on waste treatment issues and the making of new incinerators, with a series of public speeches, TV talks and tweets that created a fertile base for criminal organization to take over a new cycle of public investments with technologies and methodologies that have been not only a failure, but also extremely fatal for the urban and agricultural lands of Campania in the last 20 years. Mr Salvini is also a shareholder of A2A, company that builds waste facilities throughout the national territory and also at the head of future structures in Campania, for a very clear conflict of interests.
Companies that belongs to Camorra and corrupted entrepreneurs (de-facto bio-terrorists) were pleased by this assist that will be really useful for criminal activities at the beginning of 2019 when the waste incinerators of Acerra (NA) will be will temporary close for extraordinary maintenance, the moment when these criminal entities will try, as already successful done in the past several times, to push politics for the declaration of a new an emergency state, disabling normal bureaucracy and getting authorizations (blocked at the moment for clear irregularity and criminal structure) for the management of new waste facilities.
For these reasons, given the well-established criminal complicity of the regional government, all kind of citizens from Caserta and Naples, activists, doctors, engineers, biologists and even Priests and Catholic communities are joining together in a new form of activism, working for the defense of a territory that unfortunately has been historically assigned as the toxic landfill of Italy.