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Italian senator compares black minister to orangutang

Published on Jul 14, 2013 8:02 PM
 
A senator from Italy's anti-immigration Northern League on Sunday, July 14, 2013, came under fire for saying Dr Cecile Kyenge (above), the country's first black minister, resembles an orangutang. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ROME, Latium (AFP) - A senator from Italy's anti-immigration Northern League on Sunday came under fire for saying Dr Cecile Kyenge, the country's first black minister, resembles an orangutang.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta said the remark by Senator Roberto Calderoli on Saturday was "unacceptable".

"I love animals... but when I see pictures of Kyenge, I cannot help thinking of similarities with an orangutang," he was quoted as saying at a party meeting in the northern city of Treviglio.

The remark went viral in social media, sparking widespread denunciation.

 
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