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Anti-gypsy tweet from Rome police headquarters stirs ire

Parliamentary inquiry and disciplinary measures launched

27 December, 16:14
Anti-gypsy tweet from Rome police headquarters stirs ire (ANSA) - Rome, December 27 - A parliamentary inquiry was launched on Friday into who authored an anti-gypsy comment posted - and then deleted - from the Rome police headquarters' account on the social network Twitter.

"I rearranged the seemed to me like clearing a gypsy camp. Thank goodness I am prepared," someone on Thursday commented in a tweet from the Twitter account of Rome police headquarters.

Rome police headquarters said disciplinary measures are underway for the still unidentified writer. "I will present a parliamentary inquiry regarding the tweet in the Rome police headquarters," announced centre-left Democratic Party (PD) MP Dario Ginefra in a statement on Friday.

Ginefra indicated that a policewoman or female civil employee may have been responsible.

The author used the female gender in a self-referential adjective. "Despite the fact that the tweet was removed and followed by another announcing that measures would be taken regarding the person responsible for the gesture and that (the post) was not made by the Facebook and Twitter editorial staff of the police headquarters, it is in the best interest of the Rome police headquarters itself to guarantee maximum speed in the investigation, give a public response, and impose an exemplary penalty on the responsible party," Ginefra continued.

"No one can use xenophobic expressions, especially someone who represents the State," Ginefra concluded.