Protests against Green Pass in Milan and Trieste as Italian unions organize a rally in Rome against neo-fascists.
About 10,000 people took to the streets of central Milan on Saturday evening to protest the Green Pass – a certificate proving the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative or cured of covid-19 – which became mandatory for all workers on Friday. in Italy.
The rally began in a peaceful and orderly manner, but later in the evening clashes broke out between protesters and police who arrested 16 people, according to Italian media.
Protesters were prevented from marching to the Milan headquarters of the CISL union, whose national base in Rome was stormed during a No Green Pass protest a week earlier.
The attack in Rome, which resulted in the arrest of the leaders of the far-right group Forza Nuova, led the CSIL to organize a large rally against the neofascists in the capital yesterday, bringing together around 60,000 people according to the reports. police estimates (200,000 people according to the organizers).
The rally, organized by the three main Italian unions and attended by prominent left-wing politicians, saw CGIL leader Maurizio Landini calling for the dissolution of all neo-fascist political groups.
The Rome demonstration ended with the crowd singing Bella ciao, the anthem of the anti-fascist resistance for the Italian partisans.
A “No Green Pass” took place on Friday at Circus Maximus in Rome, under strict security, but it was uncrowded and went smoothly, with protesters handing flowers to the police.
Workers at the Port of Trieste continue their sit-in against the Green Pass on Sunday, promising to block “all of Italy” on October 30 if the Italian government does not withdraw the requirement for workers to have health certificates, reports the ANSA news agency.
Dockers in Trieste, who have been joined by several thousand supporters over the past two days, say they will file their appeal directly to parliament in Rome on October 30, according to ANSA.
Yesterday evening, the president of the port of Trieste, Zeno D’Agostino, said: “Enough of this circus”, warning: “This situation can no longer be tolerated, I need a working port.”
What are the rules for the Green Pass in Italy for workers?
Workers who do not have the Green Pass are not allowed to enter their workplace, each day of absence being considered an “unjustified” absence.
After five days of work stoppage, employees will be suspended and have their wages frozen, however no one can be dismissed for not having the health certificate.
Unvaccinated employees can still enter the workplace but only if they undergo a covid test every 48 hours, at their expense, with a fixed cost of € 15.
Those who go to work without the health certificate incur fines of between € 600 and € 1,500.
On Friday, the day the new Green Pass rules for workers came into effect, a record 867,039 health certificates were issued, ANSA reports.
Details on the Green Pass can be found – in Italian – on the Certificazione Verde website while for official information on the covid-19 situation in Italy – in English – see the Ministry of Health website.
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