Rome mayor says demolition sends "strong message" to Casamonica clan.
Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has described as "historic" the seizure and demolition of villas built illegally by the Roman Casamonica crime family.
The demolition of the eight luxury villas on Via del Quadraro, in south-east Rome, began on 21 November following a dawn raid involving 600 police officers.
The demolitions took place in the presence of Italy's deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing Lega party, and the city's mayor Virginia Raggi of the populist Movimento 5 Stelle.
Salvini said: "I won't stop till the last villa is gone" while Raggi stated: “We are putting an end to years of illegality and are sending a strong message to the Casamonica clan.”
The Casamonica family came to international attention in 2015 after the lavish funeral of the head of the notorious clan which has been associated with crime in the south-east suburbs of Rome for decades.
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