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A small but influential far right political group in Italy is protesting the country’s Egyptian Museum for giving a discount to Arabic speakers.

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Feb 12, 2018 3:00PM, via the New York Times

On February 9th, members of the Brothers of Italy, a far right group, stood outside of the Egyptian Museum in Turin to protest the museum’s newly implemented two-for-one admission for Arabic speakers. With a “No Islamization” banner in hand, the Brothers of Italy secretary Giorgia Meloni declared, “There is racism in Italy––against Italians,” the New York Times reported. And on Sunday, the party’s head of communications, Federico Mollicone, declared the museum’s promotion to be a “symptom of the illness of the West,” to Italian news agency ANSA. The Brothers of Italy is a member of a right-wing coalition, helmed by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, currently leading in the polls ahead of next month’s general election. The museum’s director, Christian Greco, came outside to confront the group, stating, “The museum belongs to everybody.” Greco asked Meloni, “Why don’t you come to protest when students get in free on Thursdays?” In fact, this two-for-one deal is just one of many admission discounts the museum offers, including discounted fees for couples on Valentine’s Day. Both the museum board and the Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini have responded with support for Greco and the museum’s discount.

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