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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Italians Protest New COVID-19 Social Restrictions

Italian citizens went out on the streets to protest in several Italian towns and cities to vent their anger over the new COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Italian citizens went out on the streets to protest in several Italian towns and cities to vent their anger over the new COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The Italian government has recently ordered bars and restaurants to close by 6 pm and shut public gyms, cinemas, and swimming pools in order to hamper the 2nd COVID-19 wave in the country.

The protests started out peacefully in Treviso, Trieste, Rome, Naples, Salerno, and Palermo while those Turin and Milan erupted into violence. 

The protesters in Turin reportedly set off firecrackers and colored flares and looted several shops including a Gucci outlet. 

In response to the chaos, police were also forced to deploy tear gas in Piazza del Castello and arrested several protesters.

The Milanese protesters confronted police and damaged Trams burned bins, tipped over scooters, and broke windows.

Protesters also had altercations with police in Naples, where citizens are demanding the resignation of the head of the Campania region.

Italy has recently tallied around 20,000 new confirmed infections per day and health authorities have warned that hospitals could be over their capacity in the coming weeks. 

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