ROME (Reuters) – Thousands of people protested in Italian cities on Saturday against the government’s introduction of restrictions on unaccounted for people, as Rome seeks to speed up the spread of covid 19 infections.
“freedom!” And “End of dictatorship!” In Italy, flag-waving protesters chanted slogans from Naples in the south to Toure in the north, while rain-soaked protesters in Milan chanted “No green pass!” Put up a slogan
A large number were not wearing masks.
The Green Pass, an extension of the EU’s digital code certificate, will require entry into cinemas, museums, indoor swimming pools or sports stadiums or indoor meals at restaurants from August 6.
Those who present this evidence have either been vaccinated, have recently undergone a negative Covid 19 test, or have recovered from a coronavirus infection.
Business owners are expected to enforce the rules or face tougher fines as part of a cabinet crackdown this week as it seeks to slowly revive the economy and prevent further lockdowns.
In September, a proposal is expected to make the pass mandatory for travel by train, coach or plane.
“It’s better to live like slaves than to die!” Read a plaque outside Milan’s Gothic Cathedral, while another in Rome’s historic center reads “Vaccines Free You” on a picture of Auschwitz’s doors.
Protesters in Geneva wore yellow Star of David badges, which they declared “uncontested.”
Protests were announced on social media in at least 80 cities on Saturday.
Thursday’s decision saw a 200 percent increase in vaccine bookings in small areas of the Italian state, according to Francisco Figueroa, Emergency Chief of Cove 19.
Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country, reported more than 5,000 new cases of the corona virus on Saturday, with five deaths reported.