Roman cemeteries are the mirror of the ineluctable decline of a city

Roman cemeteries are the mirror of the ineluctable decline of a city
Roman cemeteries are the mirror of the ineluctable decline of a city

The presence of a wild boar, scratching around in the Prima Porta Cemetery, marks the definitive point of no return for Rome and for a place that should convey serenity and peace, while it is now a hellish circle. Guilty plunged into decay, the Flaminio Cemetery was the scene of chilling events and scenes of ordinary madness, which would appear impossible even in the Third World; imagine yourself in a G7 country.

The most striking story is that of the dissected corpses, in the open air along the paths, with knives from unfaithful employees. Following are the findings of human bones scattered in the meadows and of a femur placed on a tomb. Stuff to make even the excruciating pain of relatives appear a minimum thing for the bodies left for months stacked in storage in the deposits, waiting to be cremated.

The list of problems of Roman cemeteries is so long and complex that I prefer to entrust it to the many newspaper articles, in which the issues have been extensively treated, always with punctuality and accuracy. An attention that, however, has never been possible to find in Virginia Raggi, if not in the choice of the leaders of Ama, who is entrusted with the “care” (quotation marks are mandatory) of the Roman cemeteries. On this specific topic, Raggi has worked a lot, in fact, she has appointed and changed 5 leaders in 4 years. It is one of his many and by no means enviable records.

For the rest, everything ended up in the cauldron of an amateur administration, which did not allow investments and blocked the approval of Ama’s financial statements for 3 years. The results obtained are there for all to see. The cemeteries are therefore the litmus test of the sorry state of the city: buses on fire, garbage everywhere, trees falling on the citizens, streets that recall the lunar soil and sidewalks covered with grass, similar to savannas populated by wild boars, mice, seagulls in beaten, wild dogs and one even by a goat in Piazza Argentina. Perhaps the Rays will be remembered for having brought Rome to border with the Amazon and for having multiplied the 7 hills, thanks to the heaps of garbage.

Another painful issue is that of infrastructures, because the only future that Raggi presents is with pedals and walking on dangerous temporary cycle paths, created with a coat of paint on roads and sidewalks. Its worst enemy seems to lurk in innovations, even those universally used, unless they are scooters and plastic-eating machines.

He is a mayor who closes the streets instead of opening new ones, while I am convinced that there is no worse administrator than those who during their mandate did not build even a wall, but only knocked down.

Yet while everything is falling apart in a city by now debased, the triumphant Mayor continues to announce on social media every little routine maintenance intervention, presenting it as if it were an extraordinary work of high engineering. The same thing happens for his bombastic projects which, not even approved, seem to be almost ready.

Perhaps for these reasons Corrado Augias has repeatedly defined Raggi “A lady clearly lost in a tangle that has escaped her ability to control … endowed with an ambition beyond measure compared to her talents”.

The Raggi today no longer has the majority and at the end of June her elective mandate will expire, this is therefore an opportunity to put the point of a five-year period to forget. For this reason, President Draghi should appoint a Commissioner to lead the city until the elections scheduled for mid-October.

His arrival will allow the Romans to save about 3 million euros and will free Virginia from the suffocating Capitoline commitments, allowing her to carry out her electoral campaign in serenity, which every day forces her to travel perhaps more kilometers than a bus.

Furthermore, Gualtieri will no longer have cause for concern about a possible inappropriate use of public funds. In this regard, we recall his words: «We ask the Raggi to respect the Romans and the Roman women and not to use public money to pay for electoral communication. The Capitol does not use public money to finance Raggi’s campaign ».
I am increasingly convinced of this, a Commissioner is what Rome needs while waiting for a new and better Mayor.

*Roberto Riccardi, Roman Secretary of the UDC

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