May 21, 2024 2:34 pm
Decaro and the two women in the photo: “family bosses who are strangers to the rest”

In a live broadcast on social media, Bari Mayor Antonio Decaro addressed the challenges of being subject to both fair and unfair attacks from various quarters, specifically mentioning national center-right parliamentarians. Despite dealing with these attacks on a regular basis, he found it troubling to see his photo published alongside two women related to notorious crime boss Antonio Capriati, labeled with the term ‘mafia.’

Decaro explained that after conducting some investigations, he discovered that the two women were indeed Capriati’s relatives but were not involved in any criminal activities. This situation made him reflect on the difficulties faced by innocent individuals who are unfairly linked to criminal associations. He also emphasized that the municipality has always operated in compliance with the law and fully cooperated with the Anti-Mafia Access Commission during their inspection.

The mayor also recounted a controversial incident involving Michele Emiliano, president of the Puglia Region, which was misrepresented by Emiliano during an event. Decaro clarified the incident by highlighting his past as a young engineer working on mobility issues in Bari’s old city where he faced resistance from local residents and businesses. He remembered a moment when Emiliano intervened on his behalf to support his efforts in improving the neighborhood.

In conclusion, Decaro stressed the importance of accurately portraying past events and individuals to avoid misconceptions. He highlighted the collaborative approach taken by the municipality to address challenges and promote community welfare. Despite facing unwarranted criticisms and negative associations, Decaro remained steadfast in his commitment to upholding the law and serving the people of Bari to the best of his abilities.

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