Coronavirus in Italy: tension with the police during an anti-vaccine demonstration

About a thousand people had gathered for a sit-in, authorized by the police, on the square of Saint John Lateran when a small group of demonstrators wanted to leave in an unauthorized procession towards the historic center, causing law enforcement and police vehicles in riot gear to block them.

Several other demonstrations have also taken place in Italy to denounce the vaccination pass as well as the recent vaccination obligation for all people over the age of 50.

The Italian government, faced with a rebound in contagions due to the Omicron variant, decided at the end of December to require from January 10 the vaccination pass in transport, hotels, restaurant terraces, fairs and congresses as well as swimming pools. and gyms.

Until January 10, to take the train and the plane, it was enough to be in possession of a “basic” health pass, which could be obtained thanks to vaccination but also with a negative test.

The vaccination pass, baptized in Italy “reinforced health pass”, is only obtained with a complete vaccination cycle or after recovery from Covid.

Ten days ago, the government also decided to introduce compulsory vaccination for all people over the age of 50, except for those recently cured.

The first European country hard hit by the pandemic, Italy has recorded more than 140,000 deaths since the start of 2020.

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