Thousands Protest in Italy as Government Imposed Green Pass Takes Effect
Protests, beginning Friday, carried over into Monday throughout Italy as the new Green Pass mandate took effect. Over 6,500 people participated in a sit-in at Port Trieste Friday, calling for an “indefinite strike” against the health pass.
Protestors shouted “Liberty, liberty!” and “We’re not violent, put down your shields,” as they faced off against police at the port entrance on Monday. Many demonstrations eventually descended into violence. Police used water canons and tear gas to disperse the crowds.
Italy’s compulsory Green Pass, which shows proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result is required for all workers in order to enter their place of employment.
Similar demonstrations have taken place across the country. Over 50,000 people marched in Rome Saturday, according to local media.
Many in attendance vowed to continue protesting “until the Green Pass goes.”