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Español : Viviana Mantragola, Italy
Saturday 12 July 2008
Viviana’s mother, Renata Fonte, was Councillor in charge of the Municipality of Nardo in the south of Italy. In 1984, when Viviana was ten years old, her mother was killed in a mafia hooting as a result of her opposition to real estate speculation on a local nature preserve. Today, Viviana is president of Libera Association, a network of more than 1,200 political and cultural associations, groups and schools committed to promoting and creating a culture of lawfulness while fighting against the mafia and other organized crime groups. Their activities include promoting laws, which convert real estate confiscated from organized crime into public property; promoting democratic principles and fighting against corruption; running camps for anti-mafia ducation; and promoting work, development and economic fairness.