Walking through the streets of Naples is not only useful from the point of view of familiarizing with the local amazing architecture - in half an hour by the names on police cars you can decently improve your vocabulary. You see one inscription after another: Guardia di Finanza, Polizia, Polizia Municipale, Carabinieri, Falchi, Esercito ... and in an hour you can already flirt with the waitress, ordering a cup of cappuccino with gelato ice cream at Gran Caffe Gambrinus. Although I got excited, in this cafe all the waiters are men ...
In fact, it seems strange that in Italy there are so many law enforcement agencies overlapping.
Financial Guard is kind of like a tax office, but it protects public order.
The municipal police submits to the city council, and the police to the Ministry of the Interior, but together they protect public order.
Carabinieri - one of the four types of armed forces of Italy, the police elite, one of the main functions of which - the protection of public order.
Funny Iveco armored cars with pasted stars and the inscription "Esercito" - the army of Italy, the guys in spotted camouflage and funny berets with pom-poms standing in noisy heaps at crowded places, the main task of which, you guessed it, is the protection of public order.
Special attention and respect deserve the so-called "Falchi" (falcons) - groups of motorcyclists quick response. If you need to catch up with a scooter with gangsters, deftly fleeing along the narrow Neapolitan streets, almost crushing passersby, “falcons” are right there on powerful motorcycles, without shields and helmets, almost crushing passersby (the rules in Naples are not so good as pizza ), desperate policemen with a round baton in the hands of the rear rider confidently catch up with violators. Not always, of course.
Falchi Police Department, rapid response motorcyclists
Among the "falcons" there is a tacit agreement - not to wear helmets in order to get to know each other in person, distinguishing them from killer camorrists who usually make raids in toned helmets.
Since the topic of traffic regulations has been raised, it should be said that on the streets of Naples it is a convention that few people observe. Taxis practically bump into people walking at a pedestrian crossing, cars park on zebras, and numerous motorcyclists generally drive as they want and where they want, continuously giving short nasty horn signals.
In my eyes, a juvenile scooter driver on a 250-cubed moped almost knocked down “severe” army warriors who barely managed to jump in different directions. This is not considered a violation, it is generally not considered anything, after the sound of a two-stroke engine abated, the warriors again gathered together and continued to emotionally discuss serious matters. By the way, these military posts scattered around the city do not look like citizens' guards. It seems that the military just pulling the strap, not really paying attention to what is happening around.
The army team on the "battle post" in the shadow of Neapolitan buildings
At first, I thought that such a number of law enforcement agencies on the streets was connected with the threat of terrorist acts, but later local residents explained to me that this is normal for Naples: the state takes the military to the street, because the police (!) Cannot cope with public order. The circle is closed!
The main violator of public order in Naples is famous - Camorra. The main business of the syndicate, besides racketeering, smuggling, weapons and prostitution organizations — drugs. This business brings Camorra up to 500 000 euro profits per day. The product range is standard - cocaine from Latin America, heroin from Afghanistan and Eastern Europe, hashish from North Africa. Camorra doesn’t even disdain to have ISIS among its suppliers, which supplies marijuana to the syndicate grown in Albania. Naples is a huge Eurostock, from where the goods are transported throughout Europe.
Earlier, in the days of the “old Cormora,” the sales points were hidden from prying eyes. They settled in abandoned houses in certain areas of the city. Now, any child will tell you where to get the potion - almost everywhere. The market has become closer to the consumer. You can be approached on Garibaldi Square and offer powder or “wheels” for relaxation. Mafia bosses, keeping up with the latest marketing trends, run their killer business like the top managers of Ikea or McDonald's, with an emphasis on customer focus.
A few years ago, clan Di Lauro’s boss outsourced (external management) all the sales of powder to the enterprising guys who opened a “wholesale base” in the Secondianniano area, next to the main warehouse. Thus, they reduced the cost of goods due to the simplified scheme of delivery to wholesalers who receive it directly from the warehouse.
The main innovation in business is the transition to almost retail. Even a small wholesale client can now pick up goods from a warehouse, purchasing a potion “for personal needs” of his close company. If drug dealers in the city of 1 have 70-200 Euros in grams, then 25-50 is in stock. Low prices are also explained by the fact that the warehouses are located in a depressed area with cheap labor, unemployment in which exceeds 90%. The warehouse attendants hired from local residents for a penny are not part of the system. For these people, working for Camorra is the only way to make money.
Another important point is that the chain of intermediaries is shrinking due to the growing popularity of powder (in this case, cocaine) among ordinary people - workers, students, drivers. Cinema has done its job, having taught people not only to admit the thought of use, the cinema has explained to them that this is fashionable and, in general, recommended. Once an elite potion, becoming more affordable in price, turned into a drug for every day. With him it is easier to prepare for a colloquium, drive a long distance without sleeping, take a break from a busy week. Thus, the drug has become a common commodity that ordinary people, purchasing in warehouses, distribute among their usual colleagues and friends, like a neighbor from the bottom, offering you a super detergent for washing the dishes “Amway” or cosmetics “Faberlic”.
Simply put, the "new Camorra" organizes the sale of a deadly potion through network marketing - technology donated by the West. The dream of the liberals of all countries is coming true - the market, passing through liberalization, begins to change our lives for the better with an invisible hand.
The guys from the syndicate polish the quality of services rendered to the population every day. Another criminal novation - the protection of the buyer. If earlier it was in the interests of the organizers of the process to protect only the sellers, the so-called “pushers,” from unexpected arrests, now clans provide protection services directly to buyers, that is, drug addicts. Now the corkscrew, as in the best of worlds, can make a phone call, they will reserve the selected product and escort it to the issuing point, ensuring safety. Incidentally, by the way, you can use this product and whistling back to work.
Self-service area for customers in Seconduligliano
See Naples and die!
Similar phrases about various cities are now a dime a dozen, but their ancestor was dedicated specifically to Naples. Taking into account the activity of the Camorists, this phrase acquires an additional ominous meaning.
Over the past 30 years, almost four 4000 human lives have been accounted for by the Camorra, including those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. A Russian girl who has lived here 8 for years sadly told me: “I would tell you about this mafia, but I don’t know anything, except that they killed a guy last weekend at the market. But this is their showdown, the guy was from their ranks. ” That is, you get used to the opportunity to catch a stray bullet in the temple quickly, just as quickly you learn to lie down on the ground at the sound of shots. God bless this girl.
Habitual Neapolitans urban scene of the murder
In a society there is a definition of a member of Camorra All participants in the syndicate are called “third world” people, in Italian malavita. So, the police have a rule - if a representative of the “third world” is killed, the investigation does not start, and if it’s civil, they start criminal proceedings and arrange special operations, that is, they are riding a dozen of beautifully decorated cars with flashing lights and sirens usual for the Sprut series in a dysfunctional area, they run into a house there, run up the stairs, carry out searches in a couple of apartments, and then leave, finding nothing, but with a sense of accomplishment.
High mortality rates are due to competition and rules of the game. As such, the Camorists have no code, the only measure of effective activity is money, only money. Therefore, within the mafia there are Brownian displacements - constant transitions from clan to clan, killing representatives of a competing clan at breakfast in a cafe, on vacation with family, in a tanning bed. "New Camorra" has become more like animals, unlike the "old", in which it was forbidden to kill women and children.
Infernal as a way of life. Bambino path
Shot from the movie "Gomorrah" 2006 g. Teenagers shoot from a weapon stolen from the caches of Camorra
In the dictionary of psychological terms it is written: “infernal - sometimes used metaphor to denote fatal passion, destructive mode of action” There is no better definition for the aspirations of ordinary members of the Camorra. Everything, again, is dictated by the pedigree. Karl Marx argued that being determines consciousness. Sociologists paraphrasing this maxim, but the essence is preserved: the environment determines the behavior. When applied to Camorra, one can trace the path of development of the personality of its participant.
Being born in a depressed area, in which even with a school is tight, a small (piccolo) Neapolitan child (bambino) by her 10 years wants to imitate examples popular in his environment - well-dressed 16-year-old gangs driving around on a Vespa scooter with a gun in the belt. And our piccolo bambino doesn't care at all that these scooter drivers in 18-20 years will already be buried.
In 10 years he, in the absence of an alternative in the habitat, determines his life path. He goes to the clan. It is not difficult to do this - firstly, 115 units in Naples are 500 people of active members, and secondly, almost every house in his district is supervised by a group with the boss. The boy is happy to take. He becomes either a "pusher" of drugs, in fact, a courier, or an observer. This is a very important job - you need to stand at the post (corner of the house, corner of the roof, stairs, yard) and shout loudly every 15 minutes a rare name in this area, for example, “Mariaiiya” is a signal that everything is in order.
And if something unusual happens - an unfamiliar car drives into the courtyard - our bambino shouts: “Simoona” (like Russian singer Vladimir Kuzmin’s mouth), this is picked up by his 11 old colleague standing in the next post, so along the chain of operational information comes to the beholder behind the house. For this work, our little hero will receive 200-300 euros per month. Such a surveillance and alarm system has existed in Naples for a very long time and has proven itself, saving from an unexpected invasion of the clan of the uninvited guests.
Bambino is growing up and by the 14 years, becoming a young man (tipo), if he was not shot by “guys from our yard”, but from another clan, the guy is promoted “in the service” and after a short training he becomes a killer. The technology of murder is simple and has already been shown many times in any film about the Italian mafia - two guys on a scooter in dark helmets with pistols in their bosoms.
Rehearsal in the yard
If our tipo is still alive, he most likely goes to jail. This is why this happens. In the heyday of puberty, when a mustache begins to grow, the tipo is very proud that he is malavita and, losing his vigilance, falls for nonsense - theft from the shop of a fake Armani jacket, for example. The police have a holiday - a stick in the report - the department caught the camorist!
The fact is that in the fight against the mafia in Italy there is a rule called the “Bushett theorem”: all members of the mafia are involved in all its actions. That is, there is no need to prove the guilt of the mafia in each individual case - belonging to the mafia is already a crime. This theorem was derived by the prototype of the cinematic Corrado Catani, a magistrate from the island of Sicily, Giovanni Falcone, who so frightened the Sicilian mafia that her boss had to blow up a kilometer of the federal highway to kill a hated opponent.
Mafia blown up an armored cortege of magistrate D. Falcone and judge F. Morvillo 1992 year
Let us return to our tipo, which is passing through school of life in the prison of Secondigliano. After being released, he, if not dead, is already a respected person and in his 18-20 can claim to be the outlet for drugs.
At this stage, the typical path of the ordinary member of the Camorra is interrupted. Because of the internal competition, they either substitute him and put him in prison for a long time, or shoot their own, or inevitably kill the competitors, claiming their rights to the territory.
Typical magnificently crowded funeral "guy from our street"
Death as goal
Among young people, from birth brought up in a criminal environment that has created only one social elevator, there is an installation in the spirit of "live brightly, die young." Simply put, in the program of life of each young tipo a short term of life is laid, the young man does everything to quickly meet death. If you are alive in 25, you will be considered a loser in the area. And 30-year-olds are generally avoided like lepers. This phenomenal infernality, which dulls the banal self-preservation instinct, the children of Naples get with their mother's milk. The mother, in turn, lives in a house owned by a Camorra paying 300-400 euros per month to each tenant. Thus, the mafia for the neglected depressed areas is social security, a pension fund, the police, and the court.
Trying to understand what this Camorra is, I increasingly heard from my interlocutors that Camorra is all that is around, this is a system, this is a state within a state with its eerie laws and imaginary social morality, for the violation of which is comradely the court of the mafia punishes one type of punishment - death. Or maybe this type of punishment for those born in Naples is not punishment at all, but a blessing: the sooner you die here, in a city where you should die, the earlier you will be reborn in a better place where the state has not yet lost its functions. Although this hypothesis is available only to those who sincerely believe in reincarnation, optimists in their worldview. It turns out that Naples is the place where the optimistic tragedy of Europe unfolds.
In the next part I will try to figure out what role the Neapolitan Camorra plays in the global economic system.