L’Aquila earthquake, Mattarella: “Rebirth of the city, duty that calls everyone into question”

The President of the Republic in a message sent to the mayor of the city hit by the violent earthquake in 2009

“In the night between 5 and 6 April 2009, one of the most devastating earthquakes in our recent history spread death and destruction in L’Aquila and nearby towns. The whole of Italy rallied around those who were plunged into pain, into fear , in need. The immediate feeling of solidarity, which belongs to our being Italian, has helped L’Aquila and Abruzzo in the long-standing effort to regain living spaces, community ties, paths towards the future”. Thus the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, in a message sent to the mayor of the municipality of L’Aquila, Pierluigi Biondi.

“This memorial day is, for the Republic, a renewed day of commitment – continues the head of state – The commitment to complete the reconstruction, to support a full rebirth of the civil, social, economic and cultural life of the city. The painful memory of the students who died in the earthquake must push the relaunch of the university and the commitment to school activities, for a new season of progress.Significant parts of the national territory are unfortunately vulnerable to seismic events, as confirmed by the earthquakes that followed that of L’Aquila. We need a commitment to prevention, rigor in the reconstruction and renovation of buildings – urges Mattarella at the end of the message – It is a duty that does not fall on a few but calls for collaboration between the economic and social forces alongside the institutions national and local”.