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Students mark Falcone murder aboard 'lawfulness' ships

Anti-Mafia magistrate assassinated 21 years ago

Students mark Falcone murder aboard 'lawfulness' ships

Palermo, May 23 - Thousands of Italian students sailed to Palermo on Wednesday aboard so-called 'ships of lawfulness' to mark the 21st anniversary of the slaying of anti-Mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone. An estimated 3,000 students and teachers arrived in the Sicilian capital from the ports of Naples and Civitavecchia on board two ships, one named after Falcone, the other after his slain colleague Paolo Borsellino. They were greeted by a large group of Sicilian students, politicians and family members of the magistrates'. Falcone was killed along with his wife and three bodyguards on May 23, 1992, when a bomb exploded on the Trapani-Palermo highway near Capaci in Sicily. Two months later, Borsellino was killed by the Mafia in a car bomb attack in Palermo, which left five of his bodyguards dead and 20 people injured.

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