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  • Today I left Palermo. After six months my experience in the heart of Mediterranean finishes.

    There is a weird coincidence. Exactly the day that I had finished to pack my stuff, the local political situation underwent a strong transformation. Or maybe more than a transformation, an event that can be considered a further step in the conservative line of the Sicilian scenario.

    On the 4th of march the left-wing electors voted for Fabrizio Ferrandelli as nominated major for the coming elections.

    He won against Rita Borsellino, sister of the well-known judge killed by the Italian mafia in 1992 and against two other minor candidates, Davide Faraone and Antonella Monastra.

    There were certain inferences about some supporters of Fabrizio Ferrandelli. Apparently some of the key sponsor of Ferrandelli are supporter of the Governor of Sicily as well, even if he is under investigation.

    These words are a oversimplification, but I want to express my pain.

    Sunday there was in Palermo the opportunity to choose a clean person, Rita Borsellino (even if she was not the best candidate). But superior interests and maybe a certain quota of poll-rigging had contaminated an important democratic moment. The system of justice will determine if elections went on correctly.

    But just the fact that there is a doubt about it let me speechless.

    My faith in democracy as "the best way to live in this world" is progressively weaker. I would prefer to live in smaller communities that learn from each other and work together.

    I am leaving Palermo, knowing that here I had met the more generous people that I had ever met. And the land is full of blood of heroes, that had died in order to give freedom and dignity to the Sicilian and Italian people.

    The scent of that land will be always in my eyes.
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