Deputies from Veneto in northern Italy demanded that the mayor of the city of Anguillara withdraw the honorary citizenship of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose great-grandfather was from the region, after the attack on the headquarters of the three powers in Brazil.
“Podova Oggi” newspaper said the regional representatives of the Democratic Party (PD) Vanessa Kamani and Andrea Zanoni.
The PD has joined other parties with parliamentary representation in the region, such as the Five Star Movement (M5S), the Green Party and the Communist Reconstitution Party, to demand that the mayor of Anguillara, Alessandra Bono, of the far-right Northern League party, revoke this distinction given to the former Brazilian president, in November 2021.
He added, “We are facing very serious events. An attack on democratic institutions by followers [Jair] Bolsonaro is an attack on democracy and cannot be tolerated in any way,” stressed M5S Regional Councilor Erika Baldin, who asked for a resolution to support Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Since the attack on the offices of the presidency, Congress and the Federal Supreme Court on Sunday, Bolsonaro’s Italian origin has become a cause of political controversy in that European country, to the point that the foreign minister, Antonio Tajani, was forced to deny it. He was considering granting him Italian citizenship.
“He did not ask and did not think he could obtain” citizenship, Tajani said, after the opposition questioned the government in this regard, knowing that, in November, a few days after Lula da Silva’s victory in the Brazilian presidential elections. Two of Bolsonaro’s sons, Flavio and Eduardo, have asked the Italian embassy in Brasilia to open the procedures for obtaining citizenship.
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