During the event, the majority of participants did not respect the safety distances for the Covid emergency and some gatherings also occurred around the movement representatives who spoke into the microphone, after having laid banners on the ground. Some of the participants of the demonstration in Milan also kept their masks down while shouting protest choruses. The mayor Beppe Sala asked the prefect of Milan that the organizers of the event be denounced by calling the event “an act of irresponsibility in a city like Milan that is so painstakingly trying to get out of the difficult situation in which it finds itself.” The police headquarters said that organizers and demonstrators who lowered their masks or who did not keep the safety distances will be identified through the images of the cameras and reported for violation of the decree against the spread of Covid-19.
Moments of tension were experienced in the center of Rome for some demonstrations organized against the government by various groups related to the area of the far right. The participants in the “March on Rome” and the “orange vests” are convinced that the health crisis is only an invention and that the pandemic is a political plan to register people. Piazza Venezia and via del Corso were closed to traffic due to the presence of several hundred demonstrators who were pointing towards Palazzo Chigi but were blocked by police and carabinieri, deployed in riot gear. The demonstrators, some with the tricolor on their shoulders, shouted “freedom” and “with us”. Others, armed with megaphones, say that “there are people who don’t eat. There are people who have not taken a salary for 4 months. We are hungry. But do you have a son? », Turning to the police.
A police passage was also needed to invite the demonstrators, who met this morning in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna to keep their safety distances and wear a mask. Groups of people, including some orange vests, found themselves on the Crescentone, with banners and flags, for this initiative without however respecting the measures to contain the contagions from Covid-19 and creating gatherings.
In Turin the orange vests instead gathered in Piazza Statuto, in the center. Also in this case some of the participants did not wear the mask, they were a few hundred.
Leu: “A campaign launched from the far right and fueled by the fakenews”
The group leader of LeU in Lazio, Davide Ognibene, sees a red thread that binds today’s events of Casapound and the Orange Vests. «These are people who blow on the fire of people’s desperation – he denounced – It seems to me a strategy of tension in a populist sauce with disturbing characters such as General Pappalardo. In the midst of an emergency, we suffered a wave of fakenews never seen before. These are companies, often based in Russia, that create fake news to feed hatred. The democratic forces of this country are compact and reject these characters in the margin they deserve without taking them lightly ».