Call to rape black Italian minister
14 June 2013, 07:39
Rome - A councillor belonging to Italy's anti-immigrant Northern
League party called Thursday for the country's first black minister to
be raped, sparking an outcry and her expulsion from the party.
someone rape her, just to make her understand what victims of this
terrible crime feel? For shame!" Dolores Valandro, a councillor in Padua
in Northern Italy, wrote on Facebook alongside a photograph of
African-Italian Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge.
apparently reacting to an article on a website called "all immigrant
crimes" which detailed an alleged attempt by a Somali in Genoa to rape
two Romanian girls, Italian media reports said.
"everyone should feel offended" by the comments, and said she had long
battled against violent language and behaviour.
Her reaction was
supported by Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who said: "Cecile Kyenge is
right, each one of us should feel offended, I feel offended."
words do not deserve any comment, just disdain. Cecile deserves
solidarity from me, the government and the country," he said.
Valandro later apologised, saying: "It was something I said in a moment of anger. When I'm angry I vent that way."
an eye doctor and Italian citizen originally from Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC), has been subjected to a barrage of racist attacks since
being appointed minister in February.
She has drawn heated
criticism from the League over plans to push for legislation that would
allow children born in Italy to immigrant parents to get automatic
citizenship instead of waiting until 18 to apply.
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