Opponents of the so-called sanitation passes protested in Rome on Saturday. During the demonstration, there was a murder with the police. The officers used water cannons. On the same day, some 45,000 people protested in France against health passports. During the demonstration, 14 people were arrested, including four in Paris. In Nice, the police used tear gas.
Saturday’s protest in Rome is the most violent demonstration of the opponents of the so-called The Green Pass, which from October 15th, by decision of the Italian government, will be compulsory in all workplaces throughout the country. About 10,000 people participated in the rally. people. Many of them shouted “Freedom, Freedom” and “We’ll take the capital back”.
Clashes between the demonstrators and the police
The clashes with the police began in the traditional site of anti-vaccine protests, i.e. in Piazza del Popolo, from where demonstrators scattered around the surrounding streets in the center of the Eternal City.
In response to acts of violence and attacks, police used tear gas and water cannons, including near the Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Palazzo Chigi.
Some of the most aggressive participants of the incidents were arrested. The media reports about the scenes of “street fights”. In many stores, people took refuge in fear. RAI television reported that at least one policeman was injured.
A group of protesters stormed the headquarters of the largest Italian trade union headquarters – the left-wing CGIL, announcing its “occupation”. Among them were, as announced by trade unionists, neo-fascists from the Forza Nuova group and anti-vaccines.
“These are not demonstrators, they are criminals”
The clashes were condemned by Health Minister Roberto Speranza. He compared them to a fascist demonstration. Some of its participants made the gesture of a Roman salute.
“These are not demonstrators, they are criminals,” declared the head of diplomacy Luigi Di Maio.
The Italian government in the issued statement stated that Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemns the acts of violence that also took place in other Italian cities. The Council of Ministers stressed that it continued its commitment to end the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
Anti-vaccine protests in France
On the same day, similar demonstrations took place in France. According to the local Ministry of the Interior, around 45,000 protested across the country against sanitary passports. people.
In Paris, about 5.3 thousand people participated in two demonstrations. people, as much as last Saturday. In Strasbourg, about 850 people marched shouting “Freedom without dictatorship” and with banners saying “France, be worthy, free from vaccination” and “Better a fine and imprisonment than a bite”.
In Nice, there were incidents between demonstrators and the police. Protesters breached a police roadblock to gain access to Place Massena in the city center. Police used tear gas.
According to the prefecture, 400 demonstrators took to the streets of Lille.
The demonstrations were attended by firefighters and health workers, including some suspended for lack of a sanitary passport.
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