Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
TORRAZZA COSTE

Maroni calls UN stance on racial slurs 'political'

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Torrazza Coste, July 19 - Northern League leader
Roberto Maroni on Friday said the United Nations' rebuke of one
of his party colleagues for likening Italy's first black
minister to an orangutan was due to the group's stand on
immigration policy.
"It's not the UN, we know who it is. It's those who
continue to criticize me for the fight against illegal
immigration," said Maroni, who is also the governor of Lombardy.
A UN spokesman said it was "absolutely shocking" that
Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli had likened Integration
Minister Cecile Kyenge to an orangutan over the weekend.
Maroni has refused to pressure Calderoli, a League member,
to quit over the comments.
His party has rallied around him, chiding critics for what
they regard as a lack of a sense of humor.
Prosecutors are investigating Calderoli for aggravated
defamation and incitement of racial hatred.

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