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NAPOLI ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Vesuvius National Park along with the habitate for 612 vegetable species & 227 wildlife destroyed by the combined effects of the Italian Mafia and the Incompetent Italian Government. THE LOCAL.IT (13/07/2017). & Roberto Saviano, “Perché il Vesuvio brucia? Provo a spiegarlo qui.” FACEBOOK (12/07/2017).

Mafia expert blames crime groups for Vesuvius fire as Italy sends in the army to tackle blaze. THE LOCAL.IT (13/07/2017).

Italian mafia expert and writer Roberto Saviano on Wednesday evening blamed “criminal organizations” for the huge fire which has spread over the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, as the Italian army were deployed to tackle the blaze. Saviano, a mafia journalist and author, said he believed the fires at the Campanian national park were orchestrated by criminal organizations.

In a video published to his Facebook page, he outlined his hypothesis that the fires were either started in order to burn rubbish dumped in illegal landfill sites in the area, or to block construction projects on the land.

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Four Italian army patrols were on Thursday supporting the hundreds of firefighters and Civil Protection Agency workers and volunteers tackling the fire. Dozens of residents have been evacuated from their homes, and tourists have also been forced to leave at-risk hotels and restaurants.

Both public prosecutors and police have said they believe the fire was started by arsonists, though the high temperatures following months of lower than average rainfall allowed it to spread quickly.

One of the suspected culprits was on Thursday being questioned by police after being captured on CCTV footage, La Repubblica di Napoli reported.

“Arsonists are criminal idiots,” said Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti, who expressed his solidarity with the communities near Vesuvius and the other areas affected by fires.

Environmental crimes should be punished with “more than 20 years in jail”, Galletti added.

Meanwhile, Neapolitan Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe said that God condemned the fires and urged those responsible to come forward.

He said that “those who, thinking they can act with impunity, have decided to destroy the environment, have placed themselves outside God’s grace and in mortal sin,” he said.

The fires have already destroyed several hectares of vegetation, including parts of the Cratere degli Astroni, a volcanic crater and nature reserve close to Naples.

The area is “the last remnant of the ancient forest that used to cover Naples”, according to WWF Italia, and is one of Naples municipality’s few natural spaces.

Across Italy as a whole, vast areas of farmland and forest have been destroyed by the fires in recent days, with Italy’s fire service tackling hundreds of wildfires every day.


— THE LOCAL.IT (13/07/2017).


VESUVIO – marieta_ap (12/07/2017).

VESUVIO | Franco Cambi | FACEBOOK (14/07/2017).


— Roberto Saviano, “Perché il Vesuvio brucia? Provo a spiegarlo qui.” FACEBOOK (12/07/2017).

Il Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio contende pendici alle discariche abusive, metro per metro, centimetro per centimetro in una lotta che con gli incendi è già persa. Ciò che brucia diventa discarica abusiva e le discariche sono gestite dalle organizzazioni criminali. Altrove si appicca il fuoco anche per un altro motivo: i terreni che potrebbero essere destinati a edilizia, se arsi, restano bloccati per 15 anni. Ed ecco l’ennesimo ricatto: o paghi le organizzazioni criminali per le aree edificabili oppure arrivano le fiamme a bloccare le concessioni edilizie. Il fuoco è un capitolo fondamentale per le organizzazioni criminali nel nostro Paese e il fuoco sul Vesuvio è come la Sicilia che brucia, come i roghi sulle colline di Caserta, come le montagne verdi del Cilento in fiamme. È finito il tempo in cui potevamo chiamare piromane chi appiccava il fuoco. È finito il tempo delle balle. Basta con l’incapacità della politica di far fronte alle emergenze e basta con l’inconsapevolezza del Paese che non riesce a capire chi c’è davvero dietro questi disastri.


— Roberto Saviano | FACEBOOK (12/07/2017).