Italy: Cruel Tyrants

For centuries the roving bandit gangs of Sardinia terrorized the island's people into a grim, submissive silence known as omerta. The impoverished citizenry never dared to speak out against the outlaws, who robbed, kidnaped, blackmailed and murdered virtually without fear of punishment. Lately, the bandits have been pushing the Sardinians a bit harder than usual. They began robbing middle-class citizens as well as the wealthier islanders. They grew more vicious, asking outrageous ransoms and even killing some of their kidnap victims. As a result, the Sardinians have finally rebelled against the tyranny; they are not only breaking their...