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Watch Italian police disperse health pass protest with water cannon

18:18, 18 October 2021
Watch Italian police disperse health pass protest with water cannon Photo: pixabay.com

Workers of the Trieste port have earlier gone on a strike to oppose the health pass requirement extension.


On Monday Italian police deployed water cannons and tear gas to dissolve a demonstration in Trieste where protesters sought to block the way to the town’s port.

Hundreds of strikers gathered to block access to one of Italy’s principal ports to disrupt its functioning. Police responded harshly using water cannons, tear gas, and batons.

Some protesters were reported injured after they clashed with the police already called “fascist” by the demonstrators.

The town situated in the northeast of Italy has become a notable protesting spot since its striking employees drew solidarity from the whole country. Similar actions have been launched in the ports of Genoa, Ravenna, and Ancona.

The health pass extension was declared last Friday by Prime Minister Mario Draghi. It was followed by a wave of protests attended by thousands of Italians. The health pass can be obtained by presenting a vaccination certificate, a recent negative PCR test, or recovery proof. Those who fail to do it can see themselves suspended or their salaries frozen.