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Italian police said on Sunday they had arrested 12 people, including leaders of the far-right Forza Nuova party, after clashes in Rome a day earlier over a government campaign to make the “Green Pass” Covid-19 mandatory for all workers, Reuters reports.

Draghi presented the pass – a digital or paper certificate confirming that its holder has received at least one dose of vaccine, tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus – in the summer to help prevent infections and encourage infections. people to get vaccinated.

Certificates were initially required to gain access to many cultural and recreational venues, but their scope has gradually expanded. Last month the government made it mandatory for all workers.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the Italian capital on Saturday to oppose this decision.

Some attempted to pass through police in riot gear guarding access to Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office, while a separate group stormed into the headquarters of Italy’s main union CGIL and disrupted its offices.

During the night, dozens of demonstrators also tried to break into the accident and emergency unit of the Policlinico Umberto I hospital in Rome, where one of them was being kept for treatment, forcing officers to barricade themselves inside, the head of the emergency department Francesco Pugliese told reporters on Sunday.

“It was an attack from fascist squads, and it’s unacceptable,” CGIL chief Maurizio Landini said on Sunday, addressing sympathizers outside the union’s offices in Rome.

The riots were widely condemned, in particular by Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, respectively leaders of the right-wing League and Brothers of Italy parties.

Police said in a statement that 38 policemen were injured in the anti-vaccine clashes in Rome.

More than 80% of all Italians over 12 were fully vaccinated by October 10.


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