Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Kyenge to snub League event after racist abuse

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Rome, August 1 - Integration Minister Cecile
Kyenge, Italy's first black cabinet member, on Thursday
announced she will not go to a Northern League event that she
had been invited to this weekend after being hit by racist abuse
by a number of the party's members.
Since her appointment in April, the Congolese-born
minister has been the victim of repeated outbursts of racism,
especially by League members.
On Monday two Northern League councillors and an
ex-Northern League councillor left a council meeting in a town
near Lake Como in protest over Kyenge's presence.
Last month Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli, a
League member, compared Kyenge to an orangutan.
Kyenge said she was snubbing the event after League party
and Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni failed to "stigmatize" the
repeated attacks she has suffered.
However, the Congolese-born minister said in a statement
that she "remained opened to dialogue and debate, as long as the
proper conditions exist for this".

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