Probe launched into banana attack

Probe launched into banana attack
Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge said that throwing a banana was a "waste of food". Photo: Filippo Monteforte/Flickr
An investigation is underway after a banana was hurled at Italy's first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, during a political rally.

The public prosecutor of Ravenna, in Emilia-Romagna, opened a case on Thursday to find the culprit, ANSA news agency reported.

Kyenge, the minister for integration, was speaking at a Democratic Party (PD) rally last Friday when the incident happened.

She responded via Twitter, saying  "it was a waste of food in tough economic times".

The incident came less than two weeks after Northern League MP Roberto Calderoli called Kyenge an "orangutan", sparking outrage and calls for his resignation.

Calderoli kept his post as vice president of the Senate, but a defamation case has been launched against him. 

Kyenge, who is trying to overhaul Italy's immigration system, has previously said that she receives daily threats and has bodyguards.

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