Toto Riina and Bernardo Provenzano are members of an Italian mafia. In the last month, a couple of fan pages of these two Mafia leaders appeared on Facebook. Anti-Mafia activists were not thrilled about this, so they joined these groups too.
“At first I was disturbed by the content of these ‘groups’,” stated Rita Borsellino, the sister of an anti-Mafia judge that was killed by the Cosa Nostra 17 years ago. Rita’s sister was named Paolo Borsellino. “I thought I would close down my Facebook page in protest, and then I realised it would be important to keep it as a tool for getting rid of these people,”
A couple of the group names on Facebook include “Free Toto Riina” and “Fans of Toto Riina, a misunderstood man.” Each group has about 200 members. The anti-Mafia group names that sprouted are called “Abolition of the Bernardo Provenzano fan club” and “No to Riina’s Facebook fans.” Those groups now have over 3,000 members each.
Riina was arrested in 1993 and Provenzano in 2006. Why have they become such a hot topic recently is anyone’s guess.