Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 17, 2011, 2:50 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 12PM
WHERE: Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park)
Occupy Wall Street will welcome famed Italian journalist in hiding, Roberto Saviano, who will be discussing the profound correlation between the worsening of the economic crisis and the skyrocketing businesses of criminal organizations this coming Saturday afternoon. A dramatic example of this correlation is Italy, where the mafia is taking advantage of the country's unprecedented crisis. If new rules do not arise, Saviano explains, the mafias will determine our future.
Roberto Saviano (born in Naples in 1979) is an Italian journalist and writer. His first book, Gomorrah, is a non-fiction exposé about the Neapolitan mafia. Published in 2006, Gomorrah soon became a bestseller and sold 10 million copies all around the world and has been translated in 54 countries. As a consequence of the book’s outstanding success and of its uncompromising attack on organized crime, Roberto Saviano received a number of serious death threats that obliged the Italian authorities to provide him with 24-hour police protection. Since 13th October 2006 he has lived in hiding and has to continuously change his residence for security reasons. The book has inspired the film Gomorrah, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2008 and was Italy's entry for the Academy Awards in 2009.