Italy hit by more violent protests against coronavirus restrictions

28 Octobre, 2020, 18:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Police fired tear gas at anti-lockdown protestors across Italy on Monday after glass bottles and projectiles were hurled in their direction as they defied new COVID-19 restrictions.

In Milan, crowds chanted "Freedom, freedom, freedom!" as they clashed with police in the city centre.

In Turin, 11 people were detained after shops were ransacked by rioters.

The new measures have provoked an angry response from the people of the country.

Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Italian several cities and towns on Monday to vent anger, sometimes violently, over the latest anti-COVID-19 rules, which force restaurants and cafes to close early, shutter cinema, gyms and other leisure venues.

To date, Italy has tallied more than 564,000 infections and almost 38,000 deaths, recording in excess of 17,000 new infections between Monday and Tuesday alone, and a record 21,000 the day prior.

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The number of new coronavirus cases in Italy have declined for a second time in 13 days, amid the enforcement of new stricter restrictions across the country and warnings that the worst was yet to come.

"The fuse lit three days ago in Piazza Plebiscito in Naples has already succeeded in spreading the fire from one end of Italy to the other: Turin, Milan, Trieste, Lecce, Viareggio, Pescara, Catania, Cremona".

The violence in Italy is likely to be watched closely around Europe, with various governments weighing the need for tougher measures against the fatigue and frustration felt by many.

"There's no question that the European region is an epicentre for disease right now", World Health Organization emergencies chief Michael Ryan said on Monday.

"We are seeing a large number of cases, we are seeing widespread disease, we are seeing very very high positivity rates and an increasing lack of capacity to do any effective form of contact-tracing which is further going to drive the disease into the darkness", he said, adding,"and many countries are now facing the spectre of shutdowns in the coming weeks".

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