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Vannacci blasts disciplinary case over anti

2023-12-05T15:38:54.083Z

Highlights: Vannacci blasts disciplinary case over anti-gay book. Army official has been hailed as a hero by theanti-politically correct lobby in Italy over his book. He took a one-month leave of absence after being informed of the disciplinary inquiry, authorized by Defence Minister Guido Crosetto. In his book, 'The world back to front', Vannacci, formerly head of the Folgore paratroopers, says of homosexuals: "You are notnormal, come to terms with it!"


General Roberto Vannacci on Tuesday criticised the decision to open formal disciplinary proceedings against him over a anti-gay book that he recently self-published and has become a best-seller. © ANSA


(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 5 - General Roberto Vannacci on Tuesdaycriticised the decision to open formal disciplinary proceedingsagainst him over a anti-gay book that he recently self-publishedand has become a best-seller.
   The Army official has been hailed as a hero by theanti-politically correct lobby in Italy over his book, whichalso slated Jews, feminists, environmentalists and migrants.
   He took a one-month leave of absence after being informed of theformal disciplinary inquiry, authorized by Defence MinisterGuido Crosetto, upon arriving at the Army's Rome headquarters onMonday to prepare for a new role he has been assigned.
   "I'll have a military counsel, but I will not avail myself of alawyer from the bar," Vannacci said.
   "I will defend myself, certain that I have not broken any rules.
   "Freedom of speech and the freedom to express one's ideas in afree country is being called into question here.
   "I have received so many messages of solidarity from people inpublic and ordinary roles, from many colleagues and retiredcommanders.
   "Over the last two days, sales of my book have quadrupled and sofar 230,000 copies have been sold".
   In his book, 'The world back to front', Vannacci, formerly headof the Folgore paratroopers, says of homosexuals: "You are notnormal, come to terms with it!", insisting that "normality isheterosexuality".
   "If everything seems normal to you, however, it is the fault ofthe plots of the international gay lobby," he adds.
   He also speaks strongly in favour of self defence: If a burglarenters a house, "why should I not be authorised to shoot him, tostab him with whatever object I can get my hands on?".
   "If I plunge the pencil I have in my breast pocket into thejugular of the mug that attacks me, killing him, why should Irisk being condemned?".
   At the weekend he was named army ground operation forces chiefof staff after being sacked as head of the military geographicalinstitute in August after the release of the book.
    Defence ministry sources said Sunday Vannacci's new post "isnot a promotion".
   They stressed that his new role "does not entail relations withother institutions".
   They said he would "only be commander of his own office chiefsand will not have direct decision-making autonomy". (ANSA).

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