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.