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Salvini in clash with the Czech Commissioner over the Roma community

On his Twitter profile, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini sharply criticized a claim made by European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, who warned Italian politicians against spreading hate speeches against the Roma community.

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Jourova said on Friday that Italy is playing with fire. The head of the anti-immigration party Lega Nord described her words as “another nonsense from Brussels” and called her to visit the camps in his country where the Roma community live and where they violate the law.

“Why doesn’t the lady come and visit a Roma camp in Rome or Milan and see the weapons, the illegality, the exploited children and the stolen goods?,” Salvini said in Rome, adding that “then she might wake up and change her mind.”

Salvini faces criticism from human rights organizations for his approach to the Roma minority and immigrants. Earlier this year, he sparked outrage by announcing Italy planned to kick out Roma people from abroad.