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Italian politicians have rallied behind the country's first black minister after a spectator threw bananas at her while she was making a speech.

Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, who is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo, was appearing at a political rally in Cervia when the bananas were thrown at the stage.

She has faced almost daily racial slurs and threats since joining the government in April.
Shortly before the rally on Friday, members of the far-right Forza Nuova group left mannequins covered in fake blood near the site of the Democratic Party rally in protest against Ms Kyenge's proposal to make anyone born on Italian soil a citizen.

"Immigration kills" was written on leaflets on the dummies - a slogan used by the group when referring to murders committed by immigrants in Italy.

Ms Kyenge responded to the banana-throwing gesture on Twitter, calling it "sad" and a waste of food.
Italy, which for decades was a land of emigration, has relatively little experience in dealing with immigration.

While millions of Italians fleeing poverty headed to the United States, Latin America and other parts of Europe throughout the Twentieth century, the Mediterranean country has only had to absorb large numbers of immigrants over the past 20 years or so, mainly from Africa.

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Reporter: Kovásznai-Szász Réka
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