Francesco Fortugno

Francesco Fortugno (Brancaleone (RC), September 15, 1951Locri, October 16, 2005) was an Italian politician and the Vice President of the Regional Assembly of Calabria. He was killed by the 'Ndrangheta in October 2005, in Locri, a hotbed of 'Ndrangheta activity.

Fortugno was a former physician and represented the centre-left Margherita party in the regional legislature. He was known for his appeals to young Calabrians to fight the 'Ndrangheta. He was gunned down with five bullets in front of dozens of bystanders as he cast his vote at the primary elections of the centre-left coalition Unione. The masked attacker strolled calmly through the exit of the local polling station to a waiting car. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,901051031-1121979,00.html Death Comes To Locri] , Time, October 23, 2005]

Students spontaneously took to the streets in protest the day after Fortugno’s killing. One banner read, "E adesso Ammazzateci tutti" (And Now Kill Us All), and many carried white sheets as a symbol of protest against the omertà, or silence, that protects the mafia. [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aIi.nWkY_EY8 Italian Students March Against Mafia After Official's Killing] , Bloomberg, November 4, 2005] The killing triggered the birth of the Ammazzateci tutti movement against the 'Ndrangheta. The funeral of Fortugno on October 19, 2005, was attended by 8,000 people.

His assassination is thought to have something to do with the 'Ndrangheta's efforts to penetrate the local health authority. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/jun/08/italy.johnhooper Move over, Cosa Nostra] , The Guardian, June 8, 2006] He was investigating the awarding of hospital contracts. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/jan/01/italy.mainsection Patients die as Sicilian mafia buys into the hospital service] , The Guardian, January 1, 2007] it icon [http://www.repubblica.it/2006/10/sezioni/cronaca/inchiesta-asl9-fortugno/ispettori-in-procura/ispettori-in-procura.html Mastella manda ispettori a Locri: "Verificate le denunce di Fortugno"] , La Repubblica, December 18, 2006]

In March 2006, police arrested several alleged members of the Cordì family – a leading clan of the 'Ndrangheta – including the suspected boss and another man believed to have pulled the trigger in Fortugno's killing. [http://news.monstersandcritics.com/europe/news/article_1365724.php/Mafia_turncoat_found_hanged_in_Italy Mafia turncoat found hanged in Italy] , DPA, October 16, 2007]

The investigation into the killing benefited from the declarations of Bruno Piccolo, a bar-owner from Locri and a member of the 'Ndrangheta. Piccolo had helped identify the men who ordered and carried out the murder. Though the state guaranteed him police protection, Mr Piccolo paid a high price for his co-operation. His family cut all ties with him, and in his hometown he was called l'Indegno, or the shameful one. Piccolo allegedly committed suicide. His body was found one day before the second anniversary of the murder of Fortugno. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7047307.stm Mafia murder witness found dead] , BBC News, October 16, 2007.]

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