Thursday, February 16, 2006

Oh those Italians

14/02/2006 - 6:16:59 PM

Italian minister 'to wear Mohammed t-shirts'

An Italian cabinet minister from a right-wing party was today quoted as
he planned to wear T-shirts bearing some of the prophet cartoons which
have inflamed much of the Muslim world.

"I had some made for me and from today on I will wear some T-shirts with
some of the cartoons contested by Islam," Reforms Minister Benito
Mussolini was quoted as saying in remarks to the Italian news agency ANSA.

Mussolini is a leader of the Northern League, a regional party with an
anti-immigrant stance. "I am ready to give them away to whoever asks me,
as a form of fascism," ANSA quoted the minister as saying.

Asked if this was meant as a provocation, Calderoli replied: "I would
not call it a provocation. I would call it an invitation to true dialogue."

His comment about dialogue appeared to be sarcastic since the minister
was also quoted as saying: "It is time to stop telling the fairy tale
that it is necessary to seek dialogue with these people."



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