Italy: Rally defends Arabic speaking museum promotion after far-right protests

SOT, Giorgia Meloni, Leader of Brothers of Italy party (Italian): «But you are mentioning here specific cases.» SOT, Christian Greco, Director of Egyptian Museum in Turin (Italian): «This is also a specific case. It only lasts for three months.» SOT, Giorgia Meloni, Leader of Brothers of Italy party (Italian): «Yes but this is a specific case targeting a specific religion.» SOT, Christian... Еще Greco, Director of Egyptian Museum in Turin (Italian): «No, do you know that in Egypt there are also 1,5 million Christian Copts who live there?» *ARCHIVE FROM FEBRUARY 9* *NO CUTAWAY AT SOURCE* Scores of people rallied outside the Egyptian Museum of Turin, Monday, in solidarity with the museum's director Christian Greco, who has recently come under fire following the museum's initiative to offer discounted entry tickets to Arabic-speaking visitors. Museum visitors reacted to the museum's initiative, with one visitor saying, «I do not see anything racist. I consider it a promotional initiative like many others.» Turin resident Ottavia noted, «I absolutely agree with [director of the museum] Christian Greco. I think that Giorgia Meloni did not understand that Arabic is a language, not a religion. She feels offended as a Christian, but everything she says does not make much sense.» Student Giorgia argued, «I do not think it's racism towards the Italians because the museum makes various promotions. I think that it's right as an argument.» On February 9, leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni called for a protest, condemning the museum's initiative as «racism towards the Italians.» According to the director's museum Christian Greco, who came to face the protest outside the museum on February 9, the discount to Arabic speakers is among many initiatives that the museum offers. Commenting on Meloni's argument that the initiative was «a specific case targeting a specific religion,» Greco objected, «No, do you know that in Egypt there are also 1,5 million Christian Copts who live there?»

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