Italians Clash With Police in Anti-Lockdown Protests

Published November 1st, 2020 - 11:28 GMT
A protestor, wearing a mask in the colors of the Italian flag, holds a flag as he takes part in a protest rally against a new series of restrictions to stop a rise in Covid-19 cases, even as the government considers more stringent measures, in Rome on October 31, 2020. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP
A protestor, wearing a mask in the colors of the Italian flag, holds a flag as he takes part in a protest rally against a new series of restrictions to stop a rise in Covid-19 cases, even as the government considers more stringent measures, in Rome on October 31, 2020. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP
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Later on Saturday, another protest was held in Independence Square, not far from Rome's central train station.

More protests were held in the Italian capital on Saturday over the government's decision to impose tougher measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Early in the afternoon, hundreds of far-right demonstrators staged a rally in Campo de' Fiori against a new decree which has ordered the closure of gyms, cinemas and theaters, requiring cafes and restaurants to close their doors at 6 p.m. Clashes with police were reported during the demonstration.

Later on Saturday, another protest was held in Independence Square, not far from Rome's central train station, where thousands of protesters vented their anger at the latest anti-COVID-19 restrictions. This demonstration - dubbed "You, close us, you pay" - was called by a coalition of social movements and base unions.

The country's interior ministry has warned that these demonstrations have been infiltrated by subversives who were trying to stir up trouble.


As the contagion curve continues to rise in Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte insists he does not want to enforce another lockdown. But many fear a new national quarantine is becoming inevitable.

The government is expected to present a decree including new restrictions as early as Monday. Targeted lockdowns and restrictions on movement between regions are among the new measures reportedly being discussed. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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