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FEATURE: Calabrian women start to turn on ’Ndrangheta

MOTHERLY LOVE:The tight-knit and ruthless ’Ndrangheta clans are facing a dire threat from their own ranks — mothers who want a different life for their children

AFP, ROCCELLA IONICA, Italy

Elisabetta Tripodi, the mayor of Rosarno, a town of 15,000 inhabitants, said she is leading by example.

“For ’Ndrangheta women forced into a marginal role as subservient women, seeing others engaged on a political level shows that another way is possible,” she said.

Tripodi has been under protection since she was elected in 2010. She has received threats and had cars burnt.

“Being against the mafia is not a choice, it’s natural. As officials, we have to guarantee transparency and apply the law for everyone, whatever their name may be,” she said.

The mayor often visits local schools to explain that “the mafia is a negative thing, not the romanticized version that people see on television.”

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