Anti-terror police on Thursday have raided the homes of eight anti-vaccine activists across Italy who were allegedly planning to use homemade explosives to carry out violent attacks at upcoming demonstrations.
Police authorities said in a statement that they have carried out raids “on properties belonging to members of the ‘No-Vax’ world, who in a Telegram chat showed intent to carry out violence during public demonstrations.”
“The accused were active members of a group called ‘The Warriors’ which planned violent acts including using arms and homemade explosives at ‘no green pass’ demonstrations across the country, especially in the capital on 11 and 12 September,” added the police statement.
Anti-terror police carried out the raid in Milan, Rome, Bergamo, Reggio Emilia, Venice, and Padua.
Milan anti-terrorism police chief Guido D’Onofrio said that no explosives were found during the Thursday raid but the police discovered brass knuckles.
A study by the University of Milan estimated that only about 3% of Italians are militantly against vaccines but violent threats, particularly against journalists, have increased in recent weeks.
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