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Black athlete injured as racism in Italy reaches new heights

PICTURED: Daisy Osakue (Photo credit: Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

A BLACK Italian athlete was wounded in the eye when an egg was hurled at her Monday, the latest of at least nine attacks since Italy’s anti-migrant government took power that are being investigated as possible acts of racism, Associated Press reports.

The egg thrown Monday hit discus thrower Daisy Osakue, who was born in Italy to Nigerian immigrant parents. Osakue holds Italian citizenship and was expected to compete for Italy in the European Athletics Championships next week.

Since the incident, the athlete said she saw a car speeding toward her while she was in a crosswalk and dashed to the sidewalk to avoid the vehicle. She recalled feeling something strike her eye and falling forward.

“I’m sorry to say it, but I think we’re dealing with racism,” Osakue, who, told Italian TV.

Police are currently investigating to determine whether it is a racially-motivated attack

Asylum-seekers, legal immigrants and others who aren’t ethnic Italians are among the many people injured since early June.

They include a 13-month-old Roma girl who was shot while she was in her mother’s arms on a Rome street and left partially paralyzed.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-migrant League party that is a partner in the coalition government sworn in June 1, wished Osakue a speedy recovery Monday, but dismissed as “nonsense” concerns about a “racism emergency in Italy.”

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