The riots in Rome continue, with tens of thousands protesting against the attack of opponents of the covid passports

In Rome on Saturday, tens of thousands of people protested against the attack on the headquarters of the main trade union headquarters in the country of CGIL, which was committed last Saturday by some participants in the protest against covid certificates. Demonstrators chanted slogans against fascism as police suspected members and representatives of neo-fascist organizations in Saturday’s attack. Protests against the obligation to submit covid certificates in the workplace continued in some other Italian cities, Italian media reported.

According to the police, 60,000 people gathered in Rome today to demonstrate in support of the CGIL, with organizers talking about up to 200,000 participants. In a speech, CGIL head Maurizio Landini called on parliamentary forces that expressed support for the confederation to insist on the dissolution of organizations that support fascism. Other speakers called for improved working and economic conditions in the country. According to them, poverty and insecurity undermine democracy. Protesters repeatedly sang the song Bella Ciao, which happened symbol of the Italian anti-fascist resistance.

The attack on the CGIL headquarters took place last Saturday at march against covid passports, which was attended by several thousand people. Some of the protesters broke into the trade union headquarters, which was protected by only a few police officers. According to the first results of the investigation, these were mainly supporters of the far right. This week, in connection with the attack, the police took several leading representatives of neo-fascist organizations into custody.

Protests against covid certificates in the workplace took place today in other Italian cities. The rally was significantly smaller today before entering the port of Trieste, where more than 5,000 people demonstrated on Friday. There were several hundred protesters today, the ANSA agency reported. Several thousand people also gathered in Milan. Protests, blockades and strikes took place in the country on Friday, when the obligation to have a covid passport in the workplace came into force.

Covid’s passport can be withdrawn by employees who received the first dose of covid-19 vaccination, have a negative test, or recovered from covid-19 a maximum of six months ago. According to the GIMBE Foundation, which deals with health statistics, more than three million employees do not have vaccinations. Pharmacies thus report a significant increase in interest in testing. The largest trade unions have been critical of the introduction of this obligation and proposed the introduction of compulsory vaccination against covid-19. They also called on the government to provide free tests. At present, test prices in Italy are capped, but employees have to pay for them themselves.

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