Paper under fire for Kyenge agenda

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iol news pic Cecile Kyenge REUTERS Italian Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge gestures during a news conference in Rome in this June 19, 2013 file photo.The newspaper of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party has come under fire for a reported new feature listing the daily whereabouts of the country's first black Cabinet minister. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

Rome - The newspaper of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party has come under fire for a reported new feature listing the daily whereabouts of the country's first black Cabinet minister.

The “Here's Cecile Kyenge” feature was announced days after the Congolese-born Kyenge was once again heckled during a weekend appearance in Brescia by Northern League and other right-wing extremists.

Ever since her appointment in April, Kyenge has faced racist taunts from Northern League politicians and activists. She has made changing Italy's restrictive immigration and citizenship policies a priority, arguing that immigrants are a resource that Italy needs and not a security threat or burden.

On Tuesday, lawmakers from Kyenge's Democratic Party called the new feature in the La Padania daily an act of intimidation and demanded it be discontinued.

Sapa-AP



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