Protests across Italy against COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates

ROME (AFP) – Thousands of people protested in cities across Italy on Saturday (July 24) against the government’s introduction of restrictions on unvaccinated people as Rome tries to slow an upturn in Covid-19 infections.

Freedom!” and “Down with the dictatorship!” chanted Italian flag-waving demonstrators from Naples in the south to Turin in the north, while rain-soaked protesters in Milan shouted “No Green Pass!”.

The vast majority were not wearing masks.

The Green Pass, which is an extension of the EU’s digital Covid certificate, will be required from Aug 6 to enter cinemas, museums, indoor swimming pools or sports stadiums, or eat indoors at restaurants.[…]

Better to die free than live like slaves!” read one placard held up outside Milan’s Gothic cathedral, while another in Rome’s historic centre read “Vaccines set you free” over a picture of the gates to Auschwitz.

Protesters in Genova were wearing yellow Star of David badges declaring them “unvaccinated”.

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