Via dei Georgofili Massacre

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The Massacre of via dei Georgofili (Italian: Strage di via dei Georgofili) was a bomb explosion set by the Mafia very early in the morning of 27 May 1993 in Florence, Italy.

The attempt was carried on with a Fiat Fiorino full of explosives, parked near the Torre dei Pulci, between the Uffizi and the Arno River. The edifice was the seat of the Accademia dei Georgofili. The large explosion caused the death of five people: Caterina Nencioni (50 days old), Nadia Nencioni (9 years old), Dario Capolicchio (22 years old), Angela Fiume (36 years old), Fabrizio Nencioni (39 years old); 48 other people were wounded. The tower and other buildings were destroyed and others damaged, including the Uffizi Gallery, where three paintings were irretrievably destroyed, including an Adoration of the Shepherds (1620) by Gerard van Honthorst.[1]

The massacre was ordered by the Corleonesi mafia clan, led by Totò Riina, in response to the application of the article 41-bis law, by which jailed mafiosi were isolated and put under severe restrictive measures. The bombing was followed by another two: on 27 July, in Rome, near the churches of St. John Lateran and San Giorgio al Velabro and at Milan, in via Palestro, where another car bomb killed five people. Later, pentito Gaspare Spatuzza claimed to have repented for his participation in the incidents. In the same declarations, Spatuzza cited politicians Silvio Berlusconi and Marcello Dell'Utri as the new political associates of mafia at the time, after their traditional supporting parties, such as Democrazia Cristiana had been wiped out by the 1992 Mani Pulite scandal.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delavaux, Celine (2012). The Impossible Museum: The Best Art You'll Never See. Prestel. pp. 86–9. ISBN 9783791347158. 
  2. ^ Bravi, Alessandra. "Spatuzza: Firenze, perdono E cita Dell'Utri e il premier". Il Corriere della Sera. RCS. 
  3. ^ Tagliabue, John (15 July 1994). "Bombings Laid to Mafia War on Italy and Church". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 

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