Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Calderoli says orangutan insult born from 'love for animals'

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Rome, July 15 - Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto
Calderoli said on Monday that comments about Integration
Minister Cecile Kyenge that have been slammed as the umpteenth
racist insult by anti-immigration Northern League members were
born from his "love for animals".
The Northern League heavyweight told the Italian daily
paper Il Corriere della Sera that his comparison of the
Congolese-born minister to an orangutan he made over the weekend
was "an aesthetic judgment, not meant to be racist".
Calderoli said while speaking at town festival in
Carroccio a Treviglio near his home city of Bergamo that "when I
see her (Kyenge's) pictures, I can't help but think of her
resemblance to an orangutan".
Premier Enrico Letta called Calderoli's comments
"unacceptable...beyond every limit," and expressed his support
of Kyenge.
After Calderoli phoned Kyenge to apologize, Lombardy
Governor and Northern League bigwig Roberto Maroni said that the
Senator had "done well to do so," but that the comments had been
fueled by "immigration policies proposed by Kyenge that are not
only wrong, they contribute to the uncontrollable influx of
immigration" into Italy.

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