Lega Party leader Matteo Salvini visited Milan's Monte Stella Park on Monday, where a 45-year-old woman who was walking her dog was reportedly raped on Wednesday.
Salvini was shown around the park, including the area where the rape is said to have taken place, surrounded by journalists, local residents and supporters. Some of the attendees exhibited a banner about the state of the park, which read «Enough degradation.»
Speaking to journalists, Salvini commented on the neighbourhood, saying that «there are nice houses, large green spaces, sport areas. We can no longer accept that for more years, because of the municipality's neglect, some areas like the former public market keep on being a camp for thieves, drug smugglers and drug users.»
«The latest sexual harassment was the highest point of this degradation,» he added.
Salvini also touched on the ongoing negotiations within the European Union on a coronavirus recovery plan, calling the governments of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands, «hostile» and «either left wing or allied with the left.»
«If after these days and nights of negotiations Italy will get just a small part of what we already pay to Europe and even with the bond of using it only with other European countries' permission, then it means that this Europe is not working and that it is just serving someone but not the citizens.»