'We don't want you here!' Italy's Foreign Minister 'almost lynched' as angry crowd erupts

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Luigi Di Maio was branded a “traitor” as he arrived to present his plan in Naples, Campania on Saturday. Mr Di Maio, who quit the 5 Star Movement to create his Civic Commitment party following the fall of Mario Draghi’s Government in July, was met with a furious crowd demanding he “go away.” Members of security had to intervene to keep protesters away from the Italian Foreign Minister but the angry public still hurled abuse at him as he walked by.

And a distant male voice could be heard yelling: “Traitor. Murderer. You’re a sell-out!”

Mr Di Maio has been representing the constituency of Campania 1-Acerra since 2013 and is running for re-election in the seat of Fuorigrotta, in the suburbs of Naples.

Commenting on the exchange, Twitter user @RadioGenova wrote: “The Italian Foreign Minister insulted and almost lynched by angry crowd in Naples.

“Saved by the police. This person is one of the main responsible for the increase energy bills in Italy. In Naples, they don’t joke.”

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The Foreign Minister visited Irpin in August and reiterated Italy “is not abandoning” Ukraine.

He reiterated added: “I believe in a diplomatic path to finding peace again and to defend democracy.”

Mr Conte has been fending off accusations of placing his party in a pro-Putin position with his rejection of plans for continued support to Ukraine.

He insisted claims he supports the Russian President’s position is “defaming me”.

Bit he insisted “peace must be built, nobody can tell us Putin doesn’t want it.”

He added: “Peace must be built day after day.”

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