Italian Muslims commended an endeavor by senior Senator Silvana Amati, concerning a law regulating the wearing of hijab in Italy, as Italian Muslims hold out hope that the right-wing opposition would not block the motion. Amati unveiled an initiative to draft a law regulating the wearing of the hijab in public places, and the law, if passed, will give legal protection to hijab against opposition by politicians, especially the right-wingers. The Italian senator said that the motion would stipulate that faces must not be covered.
A far-right senior Italian senator, called for a “Pig Day” protest against the planned construction of a mosque in northern Italy. Roberto Calderoli of the anti-immigrant Northern League party said last Thursday that he was ready to bring his own pig to “defile” the site where the mosque is due to be built in the northern city of Bologna. “I am making myself and my pig available for a walk at the site where they want to build the mosque,” Calderoli, who is a deputy speaker of Italy’s Senate, said in a statement. “Those words are highly offensive and indecent, especially as they are coming from an Italian lawmaker,” Mario Scialoja, a prominent leader of Italy’s Muslim minority, told Reuters. Calderoli also said he would eat “a nice plateful of pork chops to show my lack of sympathy for those who consider pork forbidden meat.”