Naples Agonistes


LAY IT ON THE LINE: Demonstrators protest the criminal turf war that's made Naples a combat zone

It should have helped restore peace to the city, but instead unleashed mayhem. On Jan. 21, police in the drug-infested Secondigliano neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples arrested Cosimo Di Lauro, a ponytailed 31-year-old suspected of being the new kingpin of a faction of the Camorra, the notorious Naples Mob. Di Lauro was wanted on suspicion of drug trafficking and ordering multiple homicides, including the Jan. 15 broad-daylight slaying of the 47-year-old mother of a member of a rival group. But as news of the bust spread, a crowd of about 400, mostly women, poured onto the street to hurl insults...

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