Italy rages with protests against the government’s newly imposed restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19.
In Italy, protesters clashed with police officials in the northern cities of Milan and Turin. Violent exchanges took place in Milan as the officials discharged tear gas to disperse the protesters.
In a few areas, petrol bombs were also thrown on police officials. The demonstrations soon began after the government announced an order to close all the public places by 6 PM.
Naples’ regions witnessed huge crowds gathering in central Piazza del Plebiscito, where protesters asked the regional governor to resign. Crowds that gathered in Milan also chanted freedom as they clashed with the police.
Not the same lockdowns again
Italy’s new restrictions are imposed on Monday, Oct. 26. It mandates the closure of gyms, restaurants, swimming pools, theatres, cinema halls, ski stations, and more. The measures came into effect after an agreement between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the regional leaders.
While addressing a news conference, the prime minister said, “We think that we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions.”
Adding to it, he stated that the country would be able to “breathe” again by December. Furthermore, the minister described that he doesn’t want to impose the same lockdowns followed during the pandemic’s initial months.
Demonstrators soon took to the streets as the new regulations began. Many regions also imposed a night-time curfew-like in the capital Lombardy and Piedmont.
So far, the police have arrested 28 members alone in the Milan region. Many of them also ransacked luxury goods stores like Gucci, lit firecrackers, and flares.
Bringing out their pots and pans
The new restrictions in Italy, which will be placed until Nov. 24, will also mean no classroom classes in educational institutions. Contact sports will also be banned for that period, and restaurants and cafes should stop table services after 6 PM.
Protests also took place in other cities like Rome, Genoa, Palermo, and Trieste. In Turin, taxi drivers came out and occupied the central square. Restaurant owners showcased their protests by beating on their pots and pans.
As the regional governments asked the educational institutions to shift their classes online, it received a dissent from the educational minister Lucia Azzolina. The government has also requested the population not to travel outside their hometowns and cities as well.
It has also urged its citizens to avoid the public transport system as well. Amidst the rising COVID-19 cases, many protesters argued that they face injustice and don’t deserve it. Around 50% of the countries population depends on restaurants and travel destinations.
The World Health Organization’s Chief, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, also warned that continuous efforts should control the pandemic.
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