ROME (Sputnik) – Hundreds of demonstrators, a few of whom recognized as entrepreneurs and activists, gathered on Monday in central Rome, Italy, to protest towards stringent lockdown measures, urging the federal government to ease COVID restrictions to stop additional monetary losses and destruction to companies.
Since final week, a number of main Italian cities have been grappling with mass protests initiated by enterprise homeowners who suffered monetary losses resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.
After the April 6 protests outdoors the Italian parliament, which resulted in clashes with police, organizers referred to as for a second gathering and promised to convey as much as 20,000 supporters to Rome. The native police refused to authorize the rally.
A Rome police spokesperson defined to Sputnik that the sq. in entrance of the Montecitorio Palace, the seat of the decrease home of the Italian parliament, can not accommodate such numerous individuals. According to the police, the world was already booked by different protesters in the identical time slot.
As a end result, the central quarter of the Italian capital round Montecitorio Palace and the federal government’s Chigi Palace was cordoned off on Monday. Protesters moved to a close-by bus hub, chanting the slogan IoApro (“I will open”) and holding banners saying “Fear of death makes us live,” “We want to work,” and “Hands off.”
Another protester commented to Sputnik that he was solely in a position to re-open his restaurant for less than two weeks in October due to the restrictions.
According to a Sputnik correspondent on the website, nearly all of protesters arrived in Rome from Sicily and different southern areas of the nation by bus and prepare. In whole, about 500 individuals have gathered in the sq. on the time of reporting.
An hour after the beginning of the rally, some protesters approached the cordon to demand to be let into the federal government buildings. During the standoff, somebody launched firecrackers and a number of other heavy objects into the ranks of regulation enforcement officers.
Despite this, the state of affairs didn’t escalate and the rally continued peacefully as protesters waved Italian flags and chanted “Freedom!”