BA Corona demonstration in Rome led to serious riots with anti-vaccination opponents, right-wing extremists and rioters. People were injured and the police arrested several rioters. During the clashes on Saturday, there were attacks and scuffle, the security forces used tear gas, batons and water cannons. The police arrested twelve rioters by Sunday noon, including the two leaders of the right-wing extremist Forza Nuova party, Giuliano Castellino and Roberto Fiore. The newspaper “Corriere della Sera” wrote on Sunday about an “urban guerrilla of the No Vax”, ie the opponents of vaccinations. President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemned the violence.
Politicians were particularly shocked by the storming of the headquarters of the CGIL union, in which, among other things, three police officers were injured. Protesters attacked security guards with sticks and flagpoles and entered the building, as shown in amateur footage. CGIL boss Maurizio Landini spoke of an act of “fascist violence” and an “attack on the constitution”. He had previously said to the rioters: “Nobody should believe that they can push our country back into the fascist era.”
Tens of thousands of people roamed Rome on Saturday to protest against the government’s corona measures. After an approved rally in the Piazza del Popolo, the demonstrators marched through the city center and tried again and again to break through police barriers. Objects and bombs were thrown at the police. Some demonstrators reportedly tried to advance to Prime Minister Draghi’s residence but were stopped by police water cannons.
On Saturday evening, around 30 people attacked the emergency room of a hospital where one of their arrested colleagues was being treated for an injury. The rioters broke open the door and clashed with law enforcement officers and paramedics, as reported by the Ansa news agency. Four people were injured; among them a nurse who had a bottle on her head.
In Italy, further measures against the corona pandemic will come into force this Monday. From October 15th, every employee in the private or public sector must have a so-called “green passport”, ie proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test that has to be paid for. The critics of this passport and opponents of the vaccination recently raised the mood against the measure. At the same time, however, this means that easing will be possible from Monday onwards. Cinemas, theaters and concert halls, for example, can once again be used to full capacity. Discos can also reopen. Entry to all events is only possible with the “Green Pass”.