Editorial

COVID-19 and Italian reactionaries

Written by The Frontier Post

Western media has reported that tens of thousands of people demonstrated against fascism in Rome, one week after the attack on the headquarters of Italian General Confederation of Labours (CGIL) in Rome, Italy. According to media reports, more than 50,000 people attended the rally. The protesters were chanting slogans against fascism and in the support of democracy. The demonstration was organized by a group of several trade unions including CGIL, CISL and UIL. A political storm erupted when a violent mob led by the members of the radical right-wing party Forza Nuova, attacked the CGIL headquarters about a week ago. Several people were injured during the attack, while 12 individuals were arrested by the Police including two far-right leaders. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemned the violence and vowed to punish the culprits involved in intimidation of trade union members.

According to reports, the Italian government placed its mandatory requirement for the port workers to wear COVID-19 vaccination card / green pass to enter the workplace, bars, stadium, restaurants, and cinemas in the country. Earlier the Italian government had issued similar instructions for businesses, and the common public to curb the coronavirus pandemic in the country. According to reports, a mixed crowd of anti-vaxxers, far-right activists, neo-fascist leaders and angry business owners gathered in a major city square for an unapproved rally against the government policies. The government accused the right-wing party Forza Nuova of architecting the violent protest and using social media for mobilization of the public and turning a peaceful protest into a coordinated attack on CFIL headquarters in the city.

In fact, Italy is one of the most affected countries of COVID-19 pandemic in the world after the United States and Spain. The Italian people have closely witnessed the dance of death at the hands of the pandemic during the last one and a half year. The government has acted in the best interest of its people, however Italian conservatives have opted to follow the policy of their elders ramped up against public properties instead of guarding against the pandemic. Ostensibly, the Italian government must get burial permission from all vaccine reactionaries to satisfy its obligation.

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