Northern League’s Response to Lampedusa Tragedy

“Lampedusa Sinking: Northern League’s Gianluca Pini Blames Tragedy on Black Minister Cecile Kyenge,” by Umberto Bacchi for the International Business Times (October 03, 2013):

An Italian politician has sparked outrage by blaming the fatal sinking of a boat full of African migrants on Italy’s first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, and the chairwoman of the House of Deputies, Laura Boldrini.

An overcrowded and rundown vessel carrying some 500 migrants from sub-Saharan countries caught fire and sank off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, near Sicily. More than 90 people died and 200 were still missing. Some 150 refugees had been rescued.

The xenophobic Northern League party’s deputy whip Gianluca Pini said that Boldrini and Kyenge were morally responsible for the tragedy because of their “soft stance” on immigration. He said it encouraged migrants to embark on dangerous voyages to Italy.

“Boldrini and Kyege have on their conscience all [those who] died in recent months,” said Pini…

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