Journalist beaten during “no green pass” protest: attacker identified
The protester who hit a journalist today during a protest in front of the Ministry of Education against the green pass was identified by the police. It is a precarious scholastic collaborator, which Francesco Giovannetti himself, chronicler and videomaker of Republic, he had resumed as he hit him. The 57-year-old, who is unprecedented, was sued for aggravated threats.
The man was stopped shortly after the attack on Giovannetti, punched in the face while asking some demonstrators to give interviews. “A few minutes before the formal start of the sit-in, a man hit me in the face with 4-5 punches to the face and after threatening me,” said the journalist, taken to the Fatebenefratelli hospital, where he received a prognosis of 15 days.
“I’ll cut your throat if you don’t go” and “turn this camera otherwise I’ll leave you lying on the ground” are the sentences addressed to Giovannetti, as reported by Repubblica, also the subject of the investigation by the Trastevere police officers. The police station ordered the precautionary withdrawal of some weapons that the man was in possession of and the suspension of the firearms license.
The aggression is one of several episodes of violence and threats that in the past few hours has seen demonstrators protesting against vaccines and the green pass.
The Interior Ministry has announced that it will take countermeasures following the “recent episodes of intolerance and violence that have affected, among others, some reporters during the protests against the anti-Covid measures taken by the government”. “The Interior Ministry will ensure, as always, the freedom to demonstrate peacefully in compliance with the rules but acts of violence and threats will not be allowed,” the ministry said in a statement.
The attack was also condemned by the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, who called it “violent and unacceptable”. “My full solidarity goes to the journalists involved. We have to say enough of these serious incidents, ”he said.
The president of the European parliament David Sassoli expressed “full solidarity” with Giovannetti and others who in the last few hours have been attacked by activists against vaccines or the green pass. “The journalist Antonella Alba threatened, the journalist Francesco Giovannetti beaten during anti-Green Pass demonstrations. The infectious specialist Bassetti threatened under the house. Full solidarity with the victims of these shameful episodes. The sleep of reason breeds monsters, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Solidarity also from the secretary of the democratic party Enrico Letta, asked the parties not to legitimize the protests against vaccines. “Solidarity with journalists, scientists, doctors attacked by the no vax. An increasingly long list. I appeal to all parties: no ambiguity on violence, no one who is against the vaccine legitimizes, it is a position contrary to the right to health and freedom ”.