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Italy: Demolition of notorious housing project that inspired 'Gomorrah' begins in Naples

Italy, Naples
February 20, 2020 at 22:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bulldozers started demolishing the Sails of Scampia - a housing project in the outskirts of Naples notorious for its links to the Italian organised crime syndicate, The Camorra, and made famous by the Gomorrah book, film and TV series - on Thursday.

Footage shows mechanical diggers ripping into the facade of the 'Green Sail' tower block located in the city's Scampia neighbourhood, an important centre of Italy's illegal drug trade.

Residents expressed mixed feelings for the demolition of the building. "I was born here and I lived here 40 years. It [the housing project] is like a mother to me," one resident said.

The housing project was built in the 1960s and 1970s and became associated with drug trafficking and warfare between different Camorra clans.

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Bulldozers started demolishing the Sails of Scampia - a housing project in the outskirts of Naples notorious for its links to the Italian organised crime syndicate, The Camorra, and made famous by the Gomorrah book, film and TV series - on Thursday.

Footage shows mechanical diggers ripping into the facade of the 'Green Sail' tower block located in the city's Scampia neighbourhood, an important centre of Italy's illegal drug trade.

Residents expressed mixed feelings for the demolition of the building. "I was born here and I lived here 40 years. It [the housing project] is like a mother to me," one resident said.

The housing project was built in the 1960s and 1970s and became associated with drug trafficking and warfare between different Camorra clans.

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