Italian police said on Sunday they had arrested 12 people including the leaders of the extreme right-wing party Forza Nuova, after clashes in Rome a day earlier over a government drive to make the COVID-19 “Green Pass” mandatory for all workers.
Thousands of people took to the streets of the Italian capital on Saturday to oppose the move. Some tried to break past police in riot gear guarding access to Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office, while a separate group broke into the headquarters of Italy’s main CGIL trade union and turned its offices upside down.
Overnight, dozens of protesters also tried to break into the accident and emergency unit at Rome’s Policlinico Umberto I hospital, where one of them was being kept for treatment, forcing health workers to barricade themselves inside, emergency department head Francesco Pugliese told reporters on Sunday.
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Oh look – far right politicians being arrested for organizing a riot. How novel! https://t.co/Lmxqza2rTk
— Michael Londra (@michaellondra) October 11, 2021
Police in Rome have arrested 12 people after protests against Italy’s COVID “green pass” turned into serious riots. https://t.co/YVwzaKqh8v
— DW News (@dwnews) October 10, 2021