The Italian police used tear gas to disperse a protest against the mandatory nature of the “green passport” against COVID-19 for employees registered this Monday in the port of Trieste, where hundreds of people mostly work as stevedores.
Police officers left the police vehicles with riot gear and after telling the demonstrators to disperse “in the name of the law,” they used tear gas and water cannons, “Il Mesaggero” reported.
After the eviction, the demonstrators moved to a square where they started a sit-in strike and chanted slogans such as “People like us never give up” or “No to the green passport”, according to the Adnkronos news agency. Protesters have been organizing demonstrations in the port of Trieste since Friday.
The leader of the far-right league, Matteo Salvini, has beaten the Italian Ministry of the Interior for breaking up the protests. “Last week a handful of neo-fascists were allowed to upset Rome, today water cannons are being used in Trieste against peaceful workers and citizens,” he said.
Several points in Italy, such as Rome, Milan, Genoa or Trieste, registered protests on Friday against the compulsory nature of the “green passport” against COVID-19 for workers in the public and private sectors before it came into force this Friday.
The decree passed by the Italian government provides for sanctions, fines and even the suspension of wages for those who do not have a “green passport”. Protests against the health passport are taking place in the transalpine country and led to serious unrest in Rome a week ago, including an attack on the headquarters of the most important Italian trade union federation.