In several Italian towns, protests of thousands against Covid-19 exemption passes were held. Trieste witnessed minor clashes with riot police during the protest.
Police estimates that around 8,000 people attended the weekly rally held in this northern Italian port. The event was mostly peaceful, but some violence occurred in the evening when a group of around 200 activists tried to break through police barriers and enter the Piazza Unita d’Italia. Local media reports that the police responded by pushing back and forcing the crowd into retreat.
Milano: Several thousand anti-Green Pass demonstrators marching along a route not approved by authorities caused traffic problems. The police did not respond to the incident.
A few people were not optimistic about Novara’s event, and Mayor Alessandro Canelli appealed for it to be cancelled. The Italian Jewish Community had protested a similar event a week before, when some demonstrators wore striped vests that resembled the clothing of prisoners from concentration camps. Saturday’s protest went as scheduled without incident.
Introduced in September, Green Passes are Italy’s way to push vaccine-mandate skeptics into getting vaccinated. This certificate can be used in the workplace and must either be obtained after having received a vaccine, or after having had a negative Covid-19 screening within the past two days. It was one of the EU’s first countries to adopt the policy. This is the same country that has the longest restrictions in the EU. A protest at the Port Of Trieste’s passes erupted into a riot in mid-October.
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Italian police use water and tear gas to disperse anti-Covid protestors blocking Trieste’s port. (VIDEOS).
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