The Northern League opposes the decision of the city of Siena to sign an Italian Lebanese artist to paint the banner (“drappellone”) that will be awarded to the winner of the famous horse race held in Siena (Palio). This year the banner is dedicated to Our Lady of Provenzano and also the Virgin Mary, who plays an important role both in the Bible and the Quran. The Northern League’s regional representative considers the decision a scandal for supposedly disregarding the Christian, Italian and Tuscan tradition of one of the most famous and beautiful cultural events in the world.

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