Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Police search for weapons after man threatens minister


Rome, July 29 - Police said Monday they were
investigating a man who threatened violence against Italy's
first black cabinet minister while regional politicians moved
swiftly to denounce racist remarks and Facebook postings by
their rivals.
Police searched the home of a 61-year-old man in Verona but
found no weapons after the man threatened violence against
Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge.
Despite the steady barrage of insults Kyenge has faced, she
is winning the battle against racism, claimed Lower House
Speaker Laura Boldrini.
"The insults do not distract Minister Kyenge from the
cultural battle that she is winning," said Boldrini.
The attacks and racial slurs have "outraged many citizens
and raised concern about the racist feelings (expressed by
certain national leaders)".
In some of the latest attacks against Kyenge, mannequins
smeared with blood-red paint and anti-immigrant messages were
found in the town of Cervia just as she arrived there for
political meetings on Friday.
Later, during her speech, someone in the audience threw a
banana, a likely reference to comments by a Senator from the
anti-immigration Northern League who compared her to an
That was followed by slurs against Kyenge, some in support
of the banana-thrower, posted on the Facebook pages of local
politicians in Tuscany and the Veneto region.
Boldrini said none of this will stop Kyenge, a member of
the governing Democratic Party (PD) who was appointed to cabinet
in April.
"Every day, the extraordinary reaction of Cecile rises: her
competence, her humour, her style are an example to all".
Meanwhile, Enrico Rossi, the governor of Tuscany, called
for legal action Monday against a councillor from the city of
Prato for comments about Kyenge posted on Facebook.
He said the comments were not jokes, but incitements to
hate crimes.
"As an institution, we want to do our part because certain
crimes offend the Constitution and also our statutes," said
And in the Veneto, Giulia Narduolo of the PD denounced
Andrea Draghi, a Northern League councillor in Montagnana in the
Veneto, for a Facebook photo comparing Kyenge to a cartoon
Narduolo, who called on local politicians in Montagnana to
expel Draghi, said that when she saw the cartoon, "I thought
'here we go again'.
"After the insults...the launching of bananas...Cecile
Kyenge undergoes another vulgar and boorish act of aggression
and after the orangutans and monkeys, is compared to a gorilla,"
added Narduolo.

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