Thousands of protesters marched on Rome’s famous Via Veneto and other streets on Saturday, protesting the new “Green Pass” vaccination requirements for workers to enter the office. It broke through and collided with the police.
Certification is mandatory from October 15th and applies to public and private workplaces. Failure to comply risks the risk of fines for both the employee and the employer. Public sector workers may be suspended if they appear five times without a Green Pass. This pass is already required in Italy for entry to museums, theaters, gyms, indoor restaurants, and for long-distance trains, buses, and domestic flights. The path indicates that the person has been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine at least once, has recovered from the virus in the last 6 months, or has been negative in the last 48 hours.
Protesters made their first loud and authoritative protest at Piazza del Popolo in Rome on Saturday. They then clashed with police as they left the vast square, passed through Villa Borghese, and entered Via Veneto on an unauthorized march.
Hundreds of protesters collapsed and drove to another street in Rome’s historic business district. This street ends near the office of Prime Minister Mario Dragis of the Chigi Palace. Police lined up with police cars and sprayed water to prevent access to Italian government headquarters.
Police swung at some protesters with batons. Many protesters at the forefront in front of the Chigi Palace raised their arms to show that they were not violent while confronting the police. Others raise their fists, wave the Italian flag, and shout “Freedom!”. A banner that says “Get your hands off (our) work.”
Meanwhile, Draghi has vowed to continue the government’s vaccination campaign.
“The right to demonstrate one’s ideas can never degenerate into acts of aggression and intimidation,” Draghi said in a statement. He denounced as unacceptable any kind of intimidation against unions, whom he described as “a fundamental garrison of democracy.”
“We won’t let ourselves be intimidated,” tweeted Federico D’Inca, the minister for parliamentary relations from the populist 5-Star Movement.
The Draghi government is aware of the recent workplace green pass requirements for increased vaccination. As of Saturday, 80% of people over the age of 12 in Italy, who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, are fully vaccinated.