Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Kyenge says insults, threats 'not worthy' of our Italy

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Rome, September 5 - Integration Minister Cecile
Kyenge on Thursday responded to the latest in a series of racist
provocations against her, saying they were not worthy of Italy.
Italy's first black cabinet minister hit back after
mannequins that appeared to be smeared with blood were laid out
early Wednesday morning in front of Rome municipal buildings as
a threat against her.
''Insults, provocations, threats beyond imagination are
slipping dangerously towards a sad routine is not worthy of our
Italy,'' Kyenge said via her Twitter account.
In yet another in a long series of racist and abusive
attacks against Kyenge, who is Congo-born, members of the
far-right Forza Nuova (FN) movement set out the mannequins to
protest the minister's involvement in a debate in Ostia, a
sea-side suburb of Rome.
One of the FN leaders, Pablo De Luca, said the protest was
aimed at Kyenge's proposal to extend citizenship to Italian-born
children of migrants.
Kyenge has come under intense pressure, bearing the brunt
of a relentless wave of anti-immigrant and racist sentiments
over her stand on immigration.
One of the latest was a post by an anti-immigrant former
political activist on social network site Facebook suggesting
''someone kill her''.
In August, officials in Vicenza are upset by a message
scrawled in large handwriting on a garage door that read:
''Kyenge-orangutan'' accompanied by symbols that looked like
swastikas.
The message may have been a reference to a Senator from the
anti-immigrant Northern League who compared Kyenge to an
orangutan.

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