Kyenge says insults, threats 'not worthy' of our Italy
Italian integration minister reacts to bloody mannequins in Rome05 September, 13:16
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.