Far-right Italian PM hopeful Georgia Meloni tweets video of girl being raped

Far-right Italian PM hopeful Georgia Meloni tweets video of girl being raped

Giorgia Meloni, the far-right politician main the race to develop into Italy’s subsequent prime minister, has been accused of shameful electioneering by her rivals after posting a video of a Ukrainian girl being raped by an asylum seeker from Guinea in an Italian metropolis.

The 55-year-old girl was assaulted on a pavement within the metropolis of Piacenza early on Sunday, native officers stated. The incident was videoed by somebody in a flat overlooking the road and the assailant was arrested.

Police confirmed the arrest and stated the person was being detained because the investigation continued.

Meloni, whose Brothers of Italy occasion heads the polls forward of the 25 September nationwide election, tweeted the video, which had been posted on a newspaper web site with the picture blurred however the girl’s cries clearly audible.

“One can’t stay silent within the face of this atrocious episode of sexual violence towards a Ukrainian girl carried out in daytime in Piacenza by an asylum seeker,” Meloni wrote. “A hug to this girl. I’ll do every little thing I can to revive safety to our cities.”

The tweet drew a barrage of criticism on-line, together with from Meloni’s political opponents.

“It’s indecent to make use of photos of a rape. Much more indecent to take action for electoral functions,” Enrico Letta, the pinnacle of the centre-left Democratic occasion (PD), wrote on Twitter.

One other centrist chief, Carlo Calenda, referred to as Meloni’s tweet “immoral”. Igiaba Scego, a distinguished Italian author of Somali heritage, accused Meloni of exploiting the rape sufferer.

“Provided up as clickbait voyeurism as a substitute of being protected. This electoral marketing campaign is horrendous,” she wrote.

Meloni, who has referred to as for a naval blockade of north Africa to forestall migrant boats from setting sail, stated on Fb her rivals had used the rape to assault her whereas ignoring the sufferer to keep away from addressing what she referred to as the immigration emergency.

Letta’s submit had stated: “Respect for individuals and victims at all times comes first” and Calenda wrote “solely the victims matter”.

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