A day before further corona restrictions come into force in Italy, unions condemned threats to block trains.
Rome – “We say no to threats to block trains at major Italian stations on September 1,” said several unions on Tuesday. The background to this is that train travelers will need the so-called Green Pass from this Wednesday. This is digital or printable proof of vaccination against Covid-19, a negative test or that you have recovered from the disease.
Vaccination and Green Pass opponents had called for the blockade in chat groups of the Telegram service in the past few days. In the groups, contact details of companies, ministries and organizations were repeatedly shared with the call to flood them with messages. Most recently there were violent protests against the corona policy across the country in Italy. According to media reports, journalists were also attacked. The Italian Ministry of the Interior announced that it would examine and analyze the “intimidating acts” in the coming days.
Scientists are also targeted by threats. Infectious disease specialist Matteo Bassetti said in an interview with Corriere della Sera (Tuesday) that someone insulted him on the street near his house and threatened to kill him. From September 1st, the Green Pass is compulsory on intercity and high-speed trains, as well as on domestic flights and certain bus connections. Local public transport is excluded from the rule. (dpa)