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Italy: Actor in a Mafia series stabbed in Naples

An 18-year-old actor who plays a criminal in Naples in a film adapted from Robert Savian's novel, he was stabbed in the southern Italian city. ,

Ukrainian Artem Tkachuk played the role of a gang member and drug dealer in the film "Piranhas", adapted from the novel "Paranza dei bambini" by a journalist and writer known for his investigation of the Neapolitan mafia Camorra. Last week, Artem Tkachuk was attacked by members of what is known in Naples as "child gangs", gangs of very young offenders, as well as returning to a morning party with a friend.

The actor was stabbed twice and his friend defeated, but their days are not in danger. Among other things, the police are considering that a young Ukrainian was attacked for his role in the film "Piranhas", which this year won a silver bear at the Berlin Film Festival and will be released in France in early June.

In the fight against the phenomenon of "child gangs", the League, the far-right party in power, supports a bill to reduce the age of criminal responsibility in Italy from 14 to 12 years. According to the National Observatory of Childhood and Adolescence, about 6.5% of young people in Naples are "child gangs". Saviano, a committed mafia writer, lives under armed protection since the release of his international best-seller "Gomorra" in 2006.

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