Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
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European Parliament speaker slams Northern League MEP

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Brussels, May 20 - An Italian member of the
European Parliament made "unacceptable" racial comments that
have brought "shame" on the institution, its speaker said
Monday.
Martin Schulz blasted Mario Borghezio, who represents
Italy's separatist Northern League, for his racial slurs against
the country's first black cabinet minister, Cecile Kyenge.
Schulz, who spoke during the opening session of the EU
parliament, noted that a petition "signed by 130,000 people" has
called for sanctions against Borghezio for his remarks.
The online petition was launched in early May in Italy to
oust or at least sanction Borghezio after he called Premier
Enrico Letta's new executive a "bonga bonga government" and
claimed Kyenge would seek to "impose her tribal traditions from
the Congo".
Kyenge, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
has risen through the ranks of Letta's centre-left Democratic
Party (PD) since she came to Italy in 1983.
Meanwhile, Schulz said he has also been "approached by many
colleagues" demanding he take action against Borghezio.
The case is being further investigated by the EU's
Conference of Presidents which is comprised of Schulz and all
political group Whips.
The Conference may be able to impose penalties, said
Schulz, adding that Italian authorities should also consider
whether a human rights violation has occurred.

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