Rome (Associated Press)-Italian restaurant owners and others are angry that their businesses have been closed due to a virus lockdown with the police during a protest outside the Roman parliament on Tuesday, while in Rome, in the south, hundreds of demonstrations They blocked a major highway.
The Italian news agency LaPresse stated that an officer was injured in abrasions. RAI National Television said that seven protesters were detained by the police.
Many of the hundreds of protesters outside the House of Representatives put down their masks and shouted “work!”
Currently, dining and drinking in restaurants, bars and cafes currently lasts at least until April. Only take-out or delivery services are allowed.
After the protesters tried to violate the cordon, the police charged them. The Italian News Agency (ANSA) stated that members of a far-right political group participated in the protest along with business owners.
Among the demonstrators was Hermes Ferrari, a restaurant owner in the northern Italian city of Modena. He boasted that he had violated the authorities for several months by opening his business premises to diners, violating government orders.
Even with increasing fines, Ferrari said that by keeping the business open, I was able to pay my workers.
Ferrari shouted to the restaurant owner during the protest to follow his leadership.
He yelled: “You have to open, because no one can tell you to close.”
Italy’s current and previous governments have allocated millions of euros in aid to categories that have been hit hard by the pandemic restrictions.
Business owners insist that they need to reopen forever. Restaurants and cafes in ICUs (the so-called yellow areas) of hospitals with a lower incidence and less impact are sometimes allowed to sit down to eat and drink before the evening.
However, the current surge in infections, mainly driven by virus variants, has been for several months, with thousands of deaths of COVID-19 every day, which are new cases every day. This prompted the Italian government to temporarily cancel the yellow zone designation from before the Easter holiday to the rest of April.
Carlo Sibilia, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, expressed his solidarity with the injured police, saying that “violence will not be tolerated.”
Nevertheless, Siberia from the populist five-star movement called on the government to “immediately provide new compensatory funds for economic activities that have been closed or punished due to recent restrictions, in addition to focusing on the introduction of vaccines.” ”
Sibilia requires the government to provide loan guarantees, suspend mortgage payments, stop evictions, and compensate for the loss of income due to COVID-19 measures.
A few hours ago, near the southern city of Caserta, another protest blocked traffic on the A1 highway. The Italian news agency LaPresse said that among the hundreds of demonstrators, there were people working in open-air markets and the owners of stadiums and restaurants. The stadium has been closed for several months.
Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese condemned the protests as unacceptable protests, which turned into violence or caused inconvenience to citizens.
Associated Press reporter Gordon Walker contributed to this report in Rome.
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