Milan mayor requests help from Rome on crime

Mayor Sala asks support for Operazione Strade Sicure.

Mayor Giuseppe Sala has asked central government to provide more army personnel to step up security in the city to tackle rising criminality, particularly by Latin American street gangs.

Sala mentioned in particular the Via Padova area in the north-eastern quadrant, stronghold of the criminality which swept Milan in the 1970s and still today known for its non integrated immigrant community and its drugs market. But, he said, the problem concerns all the peripheral areas of the city.

Speaking with the media during the visit of parliament speaker Laura Boldrini to the city, Sala said he hoped some of the troops deployed in Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, which ended last week, might be freed up to strengthen Operazione Strade Sicure in Milan.