Hundreds blockade Italian ports as mandatory Covid-19 passes come into effect for all workers (VIDEOS) — RT World News
Many hundreds of protestors gathered in Italian ports to voice their disapproval at the new requirement that all employees must show Covid-19 medical passes. Refusal to comply with the requirements could lead to suspension of employment and possible fines.
On Friday, around 300 protesters blockaded an entrance to the port of Genoa in Northwest Italy in opposition to the so-called ‘green passes’, which require both private and public workers to prove that they are either vaccinated, have tested negative for Covid, or have recently recovered from the virus.
If workers cannot produce a green pass within a grace period of five days, they will be suspended without pay and could face a fine of up to €1,500 ($1,730) should they dare to work on regardless.
Tweet footage showed large crowds of protestors wearing high-visibility jackets to demonstrate their opposition to the measures and signs “No green pass.”
Meanwhile, in Trieste in the northeast, some labor groups threatened to block operations indefinitely in defiance against the mandate, with crowds of hundreds demonstrating at the city’s major port.
In Italia si sta scrivendo la storia (15/10/21). Lavoratori del porto e cittadini bloccano l’ingresso del porto di Trieste ad oltranza! Chiedono revoca dell’obbligo del passaporto sanitario per lavorare. Proteste in corso anche al porto di Genova e in tutte le città d’Italia. pic.twitter.com/KdYeP9f3uL
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) October 15, 2021
Videos on Twitter showed swathes of people congregating and blockading the gateway of Trieste’s port. A crowd gathered before a worker to demand that they be allowed to pass the Pass on the day it was due in effect. “strike to the bitter end… until the health passport requirement is eliminated.”
Trieste 14 ottobre 2021 ore 19. Lavoratori del porto: “Sciopero ad oltranza da questa sera a mezzanotte. Continuerà fino a quando non sarà eliminato l’obbligo del passaporto sanitario per lavorare!” Trieste chiama, Genova risponde: “Porto di Genova in sciopero da domani mattina!” pic.twitter.com/WuGKbRpC8s
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) October 14, 2021
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government approved the mandate – one of the world’s strictest anti-Covid measures – in mid-September. Rome made it mandatory to have a health certificate in order to be allowed into public spaces such as bars and restaurants. It became compulsory for public sector employees and teachers to get jabbed in September.
Protests have been held in Italy against the ever tightening of laws. Italian police raised concerns about anti-vaxxers planning to attack Rome with weapons and homemade explosives last month. Incitement to criminal activity was investigated in eight cases.
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