“If there is one thing that kills it is loneliness, for this reason we must be close to those who fight against crime and not lack our support. General Dalla Chiesa should be thanked because he has dedicated his entire life to our country”. This was stated by the Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini, speaking at the presentation of ‘Le stelle di Dora’, a graphic novel that tells the story of General Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa, presented today at the Carabinieri Officers School in Rome for the 40th anniversary of the massacre of via Carini in Palermo. An initiative promoted by the Defense Staff in collaboration with the General Command of the Carabinieri. Also present were the daughters of the general, Rita and Simona Dalla Chiesa. A graphic novel to bring the figure of General Dalla Chiesa closer to young people, 40 years after his killing, which took place on September 3, 1982 in Palermo, in an ambush in which his wife Emanuela Setti Carraro and escort agent Domenico Russo also died .
“In recent years we have tried to use new languages to grow the culture of Defense – added Guerini – Young people are the most important recipients of Dalla Chiesa’s message, his sacrifice itself is dedicated to young people and many of his speeches were addressed to and they were talking about young people – underlined the minister – Young people are a red thread that leads us to the initiative that we present today. of duty and courage, a symbol that exists and resists in the conscience of the country and also of young people “continued Guerini. The presentation today at the Carabinieri Officers School was attended by among others the commander general of the Carabinieri, general of the army corps Teo Luzi, the Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, the Minister of Youth Policies, Fabiana Dadone. Also present were the daughters of the general, Rita and Simona Dalla Chiesa.
“General Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa was an extraordinary man, who with his skills had the strength to convey to citizens a sense of trust in institutions” said the general commander of the Carabinieri, general of the army corps Teo Luzi. “Terrorism was scary in the 70s and 80s, in those years the only light lit was General Dalla Chiesa – he added – In the fight against the mafia, he was the first to look big, understanding that it is also done with a cultural change “. For the Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, that of General Dalla Chiesa is “a figure who acted with rigor, becoming a point of reference for those who want to act legally and for this reason today we remember his extreme sacrifice “. “Young people are looking for points of reference and the general gave us a strong idea of how Italian should be,” he said.
“I was born in an Italy already marked by the death of General Dalla Chiesa. It is important that his story reach out to young people,” said the Minister of Youth Policies, Fabiana Dadone. “This is what we wanted to do with this initiative: to bring the kids, with a comic, to the figure of a national hero” she added. Simona Dalla Chiesa, daughter of the general, also intervened on the sidelines of the initiative, commenting on Rai’s decision to postpone the broadcast of the fiction ‘Our General’. A decision taken in order not to violate the level playing field, after the other daughter of Dalla Chiesa, Rita, ran for the elections together with Forza Italia. “I believe that the 40 years since the tragic killing of my father, together with Emanuela Setti Carraro and the escort agent Domenico Russo, are something that goes beyond any other consideration. Remembering him and bringing his values and messages back to life cannot be object. of any kind of exploitation. “Due to the law, what was decided by Rai will allow us to see this fiction as it should be, without controversy, so that we understand the greatness and the sacrifice that my father has made for all of us “concluded Simona Dalla Chiesa.