A senior parliamentarian in the anti-immigration Northern League party has bowed to criticism and says he has apologised for likening
Italy's first black minister
to an "orangutan".
Cecile Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been the target of repeated racial slurs since her appointment as integration minister in April.
Roberto Calderoli, vice president of
Italy's Senate, said
on Saturday at a political rally in the northern town of Treviglio: "I love animals - bears
and wolves, as everyone knows - but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I
cannot but think of, even if I'm not saying she is one, the features of an
He said the success of Kyenge encouraged "illegal immigrants" to come to
Italy, and she should be a minister
"in her own country", according to media reports.
An animal only can see animals, how any animal’s vision can see human as a human!