Communists Against the Mafia

The battle against the Sicilian Mafia wasn’t waged by cops and judges — it was waged by communists and labor militants.

Illustration by Daniel Zender.

On May 9, 1978, Italians woke to news reports about the murder of former Christian Democratic prime minister Aldo Moro by the Red Brigades. The same morning, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi, the police found the body of Giuseppe “Peppino” Impastato, a young anti-mafia activist murdered by Cosa Nostra — the Sicilian mafia. Impastato […]

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