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Daily Archives: September 20th, 2009

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Addiopizzo campaigners from left to right: Silvia Pellegrino (30, Addiopizzo Secretary), Chiara Capri (22 years old, volunteer), Lidia Cervillera (34 years old, volunteer)


A GROUP of young women is standing up to the mafia in its Sicilian heartland by refusing to contribute towards the £130m a year it demands from businesses on the island in protection money.

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Five years ago businesses banded together to fight the mob and founded Addiopizzo, meaning Goodbye Pizzo — a reference to the notorious 10% levy imposed on the entire business community by the Cosa Nostra.