Palermo. Reporter’s car damaged
Rossella Puccio, who wrote about unlicensed car-park attendants found her car tires slashed
It was a bad surprise for Puccio, a contributor to the news website “Giornale di Sicilia”, as she discovered all four of the tires on her car slashed with a knife and left on the hood of the car. It happened in Palermo, in the evening of July 30, 2013. The episode is the latest of a series of threats Puccio has received and reported on Facebook over the past weeks.
The young reporter had recently written a series of news reports about unauthorised car-park attendants and illegal street vendors in Palermo. In recent days, she had also filmed some acts of vandalism in San Domenico square, recently transformed into a pedestrian area.
Wednesday, July 31, after the episode, the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, sent to the prosecutor’s office a list of over 300 unauthorised car-parking attendants recently identified by local police. He said that “if there really is a racket, the power of attorney will thus have all the tools to investigate. ”
The “street payoff,”or unauthorised parking fees, is a longstanding illegal practice managed by both historical families of Palermo’s underworld and by immigrants. Recently, however, the people of Palermo have shown that they have had enough of this illegal activity, and started to raise public awareness against it, even through social networks.
Solidarity has been expressed by the president of the Order of Journalists of Sicily, Riccardo Arena, and the Sicilian section of Unci, the National Union of Reporters.