No Green pass, a day of guerrilla warfare in Rome

REMO CASILLI via REUTERS

Police officers approach a demonstrator protesting against the government’s introduction of the “Green Pass” near Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Violence explodes in the afternoon, with the cry of “murderers” and “freedom”, in the center of Rome. According to the police headquarters, there were no more than ten thousand demonstrators gathered in Piazza del Popolo, in this umpteenth demonstration against the obligation of the green pass. A small number, with a very varied composition, in an event that was the trigger to a day of disorder.

That it was not an initiative like all the others was clear during the event in progress, from the words used by some of the participants, and from the composition of the square. Together with the demonstrators – not all with violent intentions, as emerged during the day – there was Forza Nuova. “Tonight we’ll take Rome,” said Giuliano Castellino, deputy secretary of the far-right group. Words that recall sad moments in the history of this country.

After the demonstration in Piazza del Popolo, some demonstrators decided to move in an unauthorized march. It was around 4.30 pm and until then it seemed that the situation was rather peaceful. This was not the case, because a group of demonstrators decided to march. There, already near the square, the clashes started, the chairs flying, the insults to the government and the police. “Freedom” and “assassins” were the slogans most shouted by the group that reached Palazzo Chigi, with the aim of entering it. But the most striking gesture came later: when the procession crossed part of the center of Rome, up to the headquarters of the CGIL, in Corso Italia, to enter the building. A window was smashed with a flag pole. Some demonstrators managed to enter the place and the ground floor of that place with a high symbolic and historical value was heavily damaged.

A real assault – reminiscent of the times blinds of fascism – in which the no green pass movement and Forza Nuova participated. Giuliano Castellino was there.

Members of the far right were also in Largo Chigi, where some tried to get as close as possible to the seat of government. Forza Nuova strongly rode the protest. Very well-informed sources report to Huffpost that in recent days in the Forza Nuova chats the militants were for this day. Moreover, such a strong and symbolic gesture as the assault on the headquarters of the CGIL can hardly be impromptu.

“Our national headquarters, the headquarters of male and female workers, was attacked by Forza Nuova and the no vax movement. We resisted then, we will resist now and again. We remind everyone that organizations that refer to fascism must be dissolved ”, the union said. The secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, announced an assembly in front of the Roman headquarters for tomorrow, October 10: “The assault on the headquarters of the national CGIL is an act of fascist squads. An attack on democracy and on the whole world of work that we intend to reject. Nobody thinks of returning our country to the twenty years of fascism. Politics solidarity is unanimous. Maurizio Landini received a phone call from Prime Minister Mario Draghi and from the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.

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The protest in the city center went on indefinitely. The police charged the demonstrators downtown – many with their faces covered, almost all dressed in black – who threw objects, including glass, at the officers. In the same minutes in which scenes of urban warfare took place near Via del Corso, a group of people sat in front of Montecitorio, to protest peacefully. But the violent soul has taken over from the pacifist one.

The women and children, who accompanied the no green passes in the early afternoon, were replaced in the evening by black sweatshirts, by men with covered faces.

Despite the small number of people taking to the streets, the police for many hours had to face the violence. Three demonstrators were arrested, a policeman was injured.

The effort in managing public order led to attacks on Minister Luciana Lamorgese: the leader of the Brothers of Italy attacked her: “I hope that those responsible will be identified and punished. Finally, the total lack of control and prevention on the part of the Ministry of the Interior is shocked. A bad management that once again confirms the inadequacy of the Minister of the Interior ”, he wrote in a note. The League, which is part of the government but had already reserved attacks on the owner of the Interior Ministry, has asked for her resignation.

Demonstrations against the green pass – which, we remind you, from 15 October will be mandatory in the workplace – were also held in other cities. In Milan a procession that the local chronicles describe as poorly organized crossed the streets of the city. There were moments of tension, but not comparable to the violence recorded in Rome.

Just in the same minutes in which the protests – the violent and the peaceful one – continued to be protagonists in the center of Rome, Italy reached an important goal in the fight against Covid: 80% of the over 12s are vaccinated. The end of the virus is closer.

As the country reopens, heading towards the end of Covid and something that looks so much like normalcy, a minority blocks the capital for hours. In a long trail of violence that shows no sign of subsiding even late in the evening.

REMO CASILLI via REUTERS

SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB A demonstrator is injured during a protest against the government’s introduction of the “Green Pass” in Rome, Italy, October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli


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