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Nichi Vendola is 'afraid' to go out alone at night in Rome

Puglia's gay governor criticizes climate of fear as vote nears

Nichi Vendola is 'afraid' to go out alone at night in Rome

Rome, February 5 - Nichi Vendola, the gay governor of Italy's Puglia region kicked up a storm on Tuesday when he said that he is afraid to go out alone at night in Rome. In an interview Tuesday with Il Fatto Quotidiano, Vendola - who is also the head of left-wing political party SEL - said that "this climate forces me to limit the spaces of my private life. I am forced to manage every move with caution. If I want to go out alone for a walk in Rome in the evening, I choose not to". Vendola criticized what he said was a tolerance of anti-homosexual groups and acts in the country. "In Italy the fact that I am insulted by fascists and Nazis from various networks does not even solicit regret". He also criticized the church, saying that a "certain ecclesiastic environment even impedes the making of rules to sanction violence" against gays. Vendola, a controversial figure in Italy's often conservative politics, also promised Tuesday to introduce "in the coming days" a law to legalize gay marriage.

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