“We are no vax”: the demonstration against the Green Pass in Rome
“We are not no vax, but …”: paraphrasing the classic phrase with which one usually denies being racist but not too much, the demonstration that was held today, Tuesday 27 July 2021, in Piazza del Popolo, in Rome, which saw traders, restaurateurs and ordinary citizens protest against the obligation of the Green Pass wanted by the government and which will come into force starting from 6 August.
Organized by Io Apro, theAssociation of restaurateurs and traders born last winter to ask the government to reopen all the businesses that were closed at the time due to anti-Covid restrictions, the demonstration, which was attended by a thousand people, saw a world rather varied: from the extremists of Forza Nuova to the no vax galaxy up to some well-known faces such as, for example, the actor Enrico Montesano.
“We are not no vax, but we are willing to close our businesses immediately so as not to force customers to show us the Green Pass” declares one of the founders of the restaurant association from the makeshift box in Piazza del Popolo.
Yet the feeling is that in the square there are above all people who, rather than being opposed to the Green Pass for a question of privacy or difficult to implement for their activities, reject the very idea of vaccinating themselves against Covid.
And if the founders of Io Apro actually lash out more than anything else against the government and the decision of the obligation of green certification, the interventions of the other participants in the sit-in are different.
“We are the people who have decided to rebel against the single thought. This people is ready to help every single Italian who will lose their job in order to shout no to the Green Pass. Salvini, Meloni read are all children of the same sanitary tyranny. This square is not sold, outside politics, it is to the resistance ”shouts Giuliano Castellino, leader of Forza Nuova, to the applause of those present.
And it is precisely the concept of “health dictatorship” that relies on the anger of the square, from which insults are raised for Prime Minister Draghi, but also for Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, and for the virologist Roberto Burioni who, just a few days ago, he defined the no vax as “mice”, only to apologize.
In short, more than the Green Pass (which, let us remember, can also be obtained with a negative swab carried out 48 hours before taking part in an event) the real objective of the square seems to be the anti-Covid vaccine, transforming the demonstration in Rome into a real one. and own protest no vax.
“Freedom, freedom” cry the demonstrators, who speak of effective home treatments, vaccines dangerous to health using already well-known slogans and above all by combining, once again, the discrimination suffered by Jews during the Nazis with the obligatory nature of Green Pass.
The only moment of tension recorded throughout the day is when the demonstrators, from Piazza del Popolo, tried to move, probably with the aim of reaching Montecitorio where the protest was initially supposed to take place, then prohibited by the Police Headquarters, but they are been blocked by the police.
Some tried to get around the policemen, going up the Pincio and then trying to go back down to Trinità dei Monti, others tried to access it from via Ripetta with the result that the demonstrators dispersed and the protest ended.