Fabio Rainieri, a former MP and the Northern League’s Regional Secretary for Emilia, in northern Italy, is under fire for a racist picture on his Facebook page of black cabinet minister Cecile Kyenge with the head of a monkey, The Local reports. The caption under the picture was “Guess who it is?” The offensive picture has been removed.
When contacted by the paper, Rainieri denied that the image was directed at anyone in particular.
“It’s not written anywhere, there’s no reference to her. If you say so then I’ll take legal action,” he said.
The former MP even claimed that he had nothing to do with the post: “I didn’t write it, it was whoever manages my Facebook page.”
When asked why he had finally decided to take the post down Ranieri said: “I took it down because I don’t like this kind of thing. Cartoons are fine, but not this kind of thing.”
If the Facebook post does turn out to be linked to the Integration Minister it won’t be the first time the Northern League party has come under fire for inappropriate comments aimed at the minister, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Italy’s first black minister.