Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
MACERATA

More insults for Italy's first black minister

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Macerata, May 9 - Italy's first black cabinet
member, Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, received the latest
volley in a barrage of racist abuse on Thursday when she was
told to go back to Congo.
Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into online abuse
directed at Kyenge, a doctor who was born in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, since her appointment in Premier Enrico
Letta's left-right government less than two weeks ago.
But this did not stop the far-right Forza Nuova party
hanging a banner outside the offices of her centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) in the central city of Macerata that read:
"Kyenge go back to Congo".
Forza Nuova is against a proposal by PD Senator Mario
Morgoni for Kyenge to be made an honorary citizen of the Marche
city.
As well as anonymous attacks on the Internet, the
48-year-old Kyenge was also targeted by a senior member of the
the anti-migrant Northern League.
League MEP Mario Borghezio called Letta's new executive a
"bonga bonga government" and claimed Kyenge would seek to
"impose her tribal traditions from the Congo".
An online petition has been launched calling for Borghezio
to be ousted from the European Parliament.

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