New Green Pass restrictions enrage Italian no-vaxers

No-vax protests have ignited in Italy, specifically in Milan, Bologna, Rome and Turin. 

Following the government’s announcement that, from the first of September, individuals will be required to show the Green Pass to travel on public transport, new mobilizations rose around Italy. The non-authorized protests were difficult to manage and created different moments of tension. Given the fact that the protests applied to the restrictions on public transport, the no-vaxers aimed their protests at the train stations of the city. But their plan has been stopped and contained by the police.

In Rome, the protest has seen the presence of Forza Nuova, an extreme right party that chose to  join the no-vax movement on the streets. In Rome and Turin there has been tension between protesters and the police, but the containment applied by the public forces did not result in any direct confrontation. Protests in Milan were milder, but still, the no-vaxers notably attacked and destroyed a gazebo held in the center of the town by the 5 Star Movement — an action full of significance. At the beginning, the no-vax movement was politically connected with the 5 Star Movement, coherently with the original anti-establishment attitude toward free movement. And also, as the 5SM had recognized the Green Pass in the Parliament, the no-vaxers have felt betrayed and shifted their support to the extreme and alt right parties, such as Forza Nuova.

After these non-authorized collective protest actions, the no-tax group promised to organize a national protest on the 15th of September. Before that, starting from the first of September, they announced that they would put their full effort toward blocking the normal functioning of public transports, starting with train stations and rails. 

Despite being a minority, the Italian no-vax group is becoming louder, promising to present new obstacles to the normal functioning of the government — in addition to  slowing down the process of immunization needed in the country.