Thousands of protesters, including members of an extreme right-wing group, staged a demonstration in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Govt-19 health pass system to all workplaces.
Since August, protesters have been arguing with police, aiming for the necessary health pass to enter museums, sporting events and restaurants.
Although the march was approved, several hundred people left the main column and tried to march to parliament.
The police to prevent them from water cannon and darling, arrested several protesters during the conflict.
A separate struggle took place in the capital and other northern cities of Milan and Chechnya in central Italy.
Three weeks ago the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that the scheme would be extended to all workplaces from October 15 and any employees who refused to comply would face suspension without pay.
There is already a health pass system for all medical staff. For this, people have to provide a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a recent negative test result.
Retired Maria Ballard condemned the Italian government as “criminal and cowardly intimidation”.
Instead of forcing vaccinations, he said, “it exempts itself from any liability for dangerous or serious consequences, but indirectly people should be vaccinated to go to work.”
“We were both suspended two months ago,” Casimo, one of the protesters, told AFP. He and his wife Morena are both nurses.
Couples claim they have immunity and allergy problems and are exempt from the need for vaccination by their family doctor.
But both were suspended without pay.
Stefano, who came from Como in the north to attend a demonstration on Saturday, said he would take part in the exam. “I have to pay for the work, that’s ridiculous,” he said.
According to government statistics, almost 80 percent of people over the age of 12 in Italy are fully vaccinated.
Italy was the first European country to realize the full force of the epidemic, with more than 130,000 deaths.
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