Kebab shop ban prompts charge of racism
Published Date: 28 January 2009
COUNCILLORS in the Tuscan town of Lucca have been accused of racism after banning any more Indian restaurants or kebab shops from opening up.
The edict has been passed by the right-wing Popolo della Liberta party – headed by Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister – whose councillors want to see more traditional Italian dishes being served, banishing anything else.
Filippo Candelise, a Lucca councillor, said: "To accuse us of racism is outrageous. All we are doing is protecting he culinary patrimony of the town."
Alessandro Tambellini, an opposition councillor, said: "This is blatant discrimination. They are saying French or German cuisine is acceptable but Indian or Arab is not."