Western Europe

Italians protest against health pass and neo-fascism, thousands on strike

21:45, 16 October 2021
Italians protest against health pass and neo-fascism, thousands on strike Photo: juliacasado1 /pixabay.com

Thousands of Italians gathered in the streets in a series of rallies denouncing the greenpass requirement extension and the far-right party Forza Nuova.

Workers’ unions of Italy held on Saturday massive demonstrations against the neo-fascist party Forza Nuova whose leaders and a dozen members were arrested last week for inciting violence at protests.

The demonstration was organized by the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL). Its leader Maurizio Landini who declared the rallies on October 10 was supported by other unions including CISL and UIL. Participants in the gathering marched to the central square of San Giovanni waving red flags, the CGIL’s symbol.

The protesters demanded that the government dissolve neo-fascist and neo-nazi movements, predominantly the Forza Nuova party.

“It is time for the state to demonstrate its democratic strength in enforcing the laws and the constitution," Landini said on a stage.

The CGIL’s representatives estimated that the demonstration was attended by more than 50,000 Italians, while CISL’s head Pierpaolo Bombadieri stated that the number reached 100,000.

The anti-fascist protests have taken place as the country keeps protesting against the health pass extension announced by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Thousands of citizens have gathered in the streets of Rome, Milan, and other cities for the second consecutive weekend opposing the health pass extension which permits to suspend unvaccinated workers and freeze their salaries.

Last week more than 10,000 Italians took part in the action, while some organizations claimed the manifestations were attended by 30,000 people. At night angry mobs clashed with police forces who used tear gas and water cannons.

Port workers of the country have declared a strike, employees of other domains join them. Local sources report that the overall number of the strikers has exceeded 1 mln people.