The infectious disease specialist Matteo Bassetti, director of the infectious disease clinic of the San Martino hospital in Genoa, he reported to the police that he was followed under his house in Genoa and then threatened. Bassetti was allegedly followed and threatened on 29 August, he said, by a 46-year-old no vax who, after meeting him on the street, chased him, catching him with his mobile phone and yelling at him “you will kill us all with these vaccines, we will make you pay”. After walking away, the virologist contacted the police. The agents, in concert with the Digos, identified the man and reported him for serious threats.
After the incident, Bassetti asks for protection from the state. “I ask to be better protected by the judiciary. There must be action in defense of those who have put their face in favor of vaccines”. “I find it shameful – he writes on instagram – the attacks that I continue to suffer from the world of no-vax”. “Death threats to me and my family, anonymous letters, threatening phone calls, insults on the street, chats on telegram, insults in the newspapers and on TV. Where do we want to go?”, Complains Bassetti. “I don’t feel protected despite the protection I get from the police force.”
Bassetti’s is not an isolated case. The rage of the no-vax in the last few hours has exploded in the streets on several occasions. A Repubblica journalist was attacked, punched in the face by a no-green pass, a RaiNews journalist was previously injured in a no-vax demonstration, and a gazebo of the 5 Star Movement was destroyed in Milan. Along with solidarity for the victims of these attacks, a certain indignation is growing, coupled with the fear that other such actions may occur. “They have exceeded all democratic limits, a few handfuls of violent people cannot prevail”, commented the national secretary of the Italian Left. Nicola Fratoianni. “I really hope that now the institutions and state apparatuses will do everything necessary to prevent such episodes from happening again in the next few days. And I also hope – concludes Fratoianni – that the Salvini, Meloni and various comrades will stop blowing irresponsibly on the fire “.
The attack of the RaiNews journalist in Rome
The journalist from RaiNews Antonella Alba she was attacked and injured on the evening of 29 August during the demonstration against the green pass in Rome. “Terrorist journalist”, is one of the insults received, apparently from members of Forza Nuova present at the no-vax march, in response to the question as to why they were participating in the protest. Then in an attempt to snatch her mobile phone she was injured by some of the demonstrators.
Journalist of the Republic beaten, attacker identified
The correspondent of the Republic was also attacked and threatened with death at a no-pass demonstration in the school sector in front of the Ministry of Education, Francesco Giovannetti. The video journalist of the newspaper and the Gedi group was “hit in the face with 4-5 punches in the face”, he says, preceded by threats (I’ll cut your throat if you don’t leave “, accompanied by the gesture).” Fortunately they were present police officers who intervened, stopping the person and taking me to a safe place “, said Giovannetti, who was then taken by ambulance to the Fatebenefratelli hospital, on the Tiberina Island, for investigations, while the attacker He was identified at the police station The reporter’s attacker is a 57-year-old school worker born in Rome The man is now in the police offices.
“I had been there for five minutes – explained Giovannetti – I asked a small group of people if they wanted to talk, to answer questions. They asked me who I was writing for and started to criticize Repubblica, but in a civil manner. Only then this man, I don’t know who he was or what role he had, he turned around, he mimed the gesture of cutting my throat, he said ‘I’ll cut your throat if you don’t go’ and when I asked him if he was threatening he attacked and hit me “. The demonstrators on the spot dissociated themselves from the attack and apologized to Giovannetti.
The M5s gazebo destroyed by the no-pass in Milan
In addition to the attacks, there was the destruction of an M5s gazebo on the Navigli in Milan on 29 August, for which there are two suspects. The position ended up in the crosshairs of some demonstrators who were participating in the protest against the green pass. Six other men, between 50 and 62 years old, will also be denounced by Digos, as promoters of the no-green pass parade which, as happened on previous Saturdays, took place without the necessary notice to the city commissioner. The two suspects are a 46-year-old man, with a police record for theft, damage, brawl, carrying weapons or objects capable of offending, insulting and other crimes, and a 34-year-old woman.