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Mayor rebukes Vendola's remark on feeling unsafe in Rome

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Rome, February 5 - Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno on
Tuesday said Nichi Vendola, the gay president of Italy's Puglia
region, offended Rome when he said that he felt unsafe walking
alone at night in the Italian capital.
In a statement via Twitter, Alemanno - who hails from
Italy's conservative political camp - said "Vendola offends
Rome. From the Europride in 2011 to every Gaypride, our city as
always guaranteed a welcome and respect for everyone".
In an interview Tuesday with Il Fatto Quotidiano, Vendola -
who is also the head of left-wing political party SEL - said
hostility towards gays made him feel insecure in Rome.
"This climate forces me to limit the spaces of my private
life. I am forced to manage every move with caution. If I want
to go out alone for a walk in Rome in the evening, I choose not
to".
Vendola criticized what he said was a tolerance of
anti-homosexual groups and acts in Italy.
"In Italy the fact that I am insulted by fascists and Nazis
from various networks isn't even the object of regret".
He also criticized the church, saying that a "certain
ecclesiastic environment even impedes the making of rules to
sanction violence" against gays.
Vendola, a controversial figure in Italy's often
conservative politics, also promised Tuesday to introduce "in
the coming days" a law to legalize gay marriage.

Photo: Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno

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