Thousands of people protested in Italy on Saturday (24) against restrictions adopted by the government for people not immunized against covid-19, while Rome tries to prevent new outbreaks of infections.
“Freedom!” and “Down with the dictatorship!” shouted protesters carrying Italian flags, from Naples to Turin, passing through Milan, where rain-soaked participants clamored against the sanitary pass. Most did not wear a mask.
The Green Certificate, which is an extension of the European health pass, will be required in Italy from August 6th to allow access to cinemas, museums, indoor swimming pools and stadiums, or to eat in restaurants.
People with a complete vaccination schedule, with a recent negative test or who have recovered from the disease may have the certificate.
A proposal to extend the use of this pass to train, bus and air travel will be considered again in September.
“Better to die free than live as slaves!” read one of the banners in front of Milan’s Gothic cathedral. Another in central Rome read “Vaccinas Liberta” along with an image of Auschwitz.
Thursday’s decision to make the certificate mandatory for some activities boosted vaccination schedules, with a 200% increase in smaller regions of Italy, according to covid-19 emergency chief Francesco Figliuolo.
Italy, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic in Europe, reported about 5,000 new infections and five deaths on Saturday.
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