Kyenge calls for end to racist insults

2013-07-30 20:08
Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge. (File, AP)

Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rome - Italy's first black cabinet member, Cecile Kyenge, on Tuesday called for an end to racist insults from members of the anti-immigration Northern League party.

People "should debate with ideas, not with insults, even when they have different ideas", Kyenge, who is minister for integration, told reporters.

"These attacks hurt me but also hurt the civil conscience of the majority of this country," said Kyenge, an eye doctor born in the Democratic Republic of Congo who is now an Italian citizen.

Kyenge, 48, has so far played down the onslaught, including being likened to an orangutan by senior party member and Senate deputy speaker Roberto Calderoli.

But on Tuesday she appealed directly to the leader of the Northern League, Roberto Maroni, who is also governor of the Lombardi region, to end the racism.

She said that otherwise she would not take part in a conference with the Northern League this week.

"I feel I can respect this engagement only if Maroni appeals to his activists to immediately cease their continual attacks against me," she said.

Kyenge had bananas thrown at her at a political rally on Saturday, and far-right militants hung nooses in a town where she was due to speak earlier this month.

Racism is common in Italy, where large-scale immigration is still a relatively recent phenomenon.

The Northern League has a small but vociferous support base, and most of Italy's mainstream political forces have condemned the insults directed at Kyenge.

Read more on:    cecile kyenge  |  italy  |  racism
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where the more positive and optimistic you are the more opportunities you seem to attract....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.