Thousands of protesters, including members of a left-wing group, have rallied in the Italian capital against the expansion of the Covid-1 health pass.
Protesters marched in downtown Rome on Saturday in protest of a government-validated certification system known as a “green pass” made mandatory for green workers.
Many shout “A handful!” Shouts and raises a fist or Italian flag. And the banner was waving so that it said “Close your hand [our] Work. “
Italian media reported 10,000 participants, while organizers said their number was 100,000. Al Jazeera could not independently verify the numbers.
At least one person was injured as an unauthorized procession from the main rally in the city of Rome’s Piazza del Popolo broke down and tried to reach Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office.
The police officers in riot gears made a line of protesters and blocked water on protesters.
‘Roman’ fascist salute
Videos posted on social media showed rioters, some of whom covered their faces, hurling objects at police officers and damaging armored vans.
Among them was the far-right group Forza Nuova, who hoisted the Italian flag and extended their hands with ‘Roman’ fascist salute.
The oldest trade union organization in Italy reached out to the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL) and briefly entered its premises.
The CGIL called an emergency general session on Sunday to respond to the law, which was blamed on the “Fascist Action Squad.”
“[This was] CGIL Secretary General Maurizio Landini said in a statement that the attack on the world of democracy and action that we are determined to resist. “No one would think that they could bring our country back to the fascist years.”
According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the prime minister called on Draghi Landini today to express “the government’s full solidarity with the attack in Rome today.”
“Trade unions are a stronghold of democracy and workers’ rights. Whatever they threaten, it must be resolutely resisted, ”Draghi said in a statement.
Italy became the first country in Europe in September where the “green pass” was made mandatory in public and private workplaces from 15 October.
To get one, employees must have at least one dose of the Covid-1 vaccine vaccine, document recovery from the last six months of illness, or be tested negative for the virus within the previous hours.
Both the employee and the employer take the risk of fines if they do not comply. Public sector workers can be suspended if they show up five times without a green pass.
A protester who identified himself as Cosimo told AFP that he and his wife, Morena, who works as a nurse, refused to comply because of immunity and allergy problems.
“The two of us were suspended two months ago,” Cosimo said, despite their family doctor’s exemption from the need for vaccinations.
Stefano, who came from the northern Como to join Saturday’s protest, said he would take the test. “I have to pay for the work, it’s unreasonable,” he said.
During the summer, Italy already needed a certificate to enter museums, theaters, gyms and indoor restaurants, as well as to travel long-distance trains and buses or domestic flights.
Thousands of people in various countries, including Italy, France and the United Kingdom, have protested against the anti-Covid measures, which they see as illegal restrictions on civil liberties.