Italians Rise Up Against “Health Dictatorship” As Country Moves Toward New Lockdown

By Tyler Durden

Earlier this year Italy became the first entire nation to impose strict lockdown and social distancing measures when it was the first to see a major coronavirus outbreak outside of Wuhan, China.

By the close of May, just as the United States took the lead globally in number of confirmed cases, Italy’s numbers had fallen and lockdown restrictions were dropped, with its daily infection rate remaining under control through summer. However, Italy’s case numbers began soaring once again starting September into this month.

Over the weekend the country saw a new record daily high.

Reuters reports that “COVID-19 cases across the country have risen seven-fold since the start of the month, jumping to 19,143 on Friday and raising fears that the pandemic is spiraling out of control.”

Local media dubbed weekend clashes with police in Naples as appearing more like guerilla warfare.

Naturally, government leaders are once again eyeing a total lockdown of the peninsula, but it’s evident many Italians aren’t having it. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has just issued a new emergency decree Sunday which once again shutters all cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools. And further bars and restaurants have been ordered to close by 6pm every night.

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This set off major protests across various cities, especially in Rome and Naples, which led to clashes with police over the weekend. Initially peaceful, local media have described many demonstrations rapidly spiraled into fights with police led by hundreds or far-right protesters.

In Rome, fireworks were shot at police trying to disperse a central plaza.

The mayhem is believed to have been led by the right wing Fuerza Nova party which called for the population to resist what it called “health dictatorship and curfews”.

Meanwhile, Italy’s southern Campania region has moved to implement a total lockdown of the province, with its leaders urging the rest of the country to follow suit, according to Reuters.

This had set off the fiercest demonstrations thus far in Naples Friday night, with a handful of people arrested, while in Rome Saturday night up to a dozen or more were arrested.

Likely anti-lockdown marches and protests will only grow – a trend witnessed in other countries that have attempted to reimpose lockdowns after long adapting to a ‘new normal’ of common sense social distancing measures.

Source: Zerohedge

Top image source: AA Europe

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