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African Union ‘Dismayed’ at Matteo Salvini; ‘Migrants Aren’t Slaves’

The African Union has expressed ”concern” for the statements made by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who, the organization said, ”at a recent conference in Vienna compared immigrants to slaves”.
”The African Union – said a statement posted by the organization online – asks the Italian deputy premier to withdraw his disparaging sentence on African immigrants”.

epa06484240 African leaders stand up during the Closing Ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January 2018. President of Rwanda Paul Kagame has officially taken over as the new Chairman of the African Union on 29 January. African leaders and the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will discuss politcal and security issues under the theme ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’. EPA/STR

Salvini has denied comparing migrants to slaves. His press office wrote that ”it is necessary to firmly deny some reports by the international press, according to which minister Salvini called African immigrants ‘slaves’. As can be easily verified by the many videos and the minister’s statements, Salvini never insulted Africans but instead censored the idea of making them arrive in Europe to force them to work and/or live in such degrading conditions to recall, indeed, slavery. It is the exact opposite of what has been reported by some foreign media outlets”.

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