The Italian government approved a law in September requiring all workers to present a Covid Green Pass, which provides proof of their vaccination status, a negative test result or a recent recovery from the virus. The decision, which is among the strictest Covid rules in the world, was a first for Europe.
Four days after the protest kicked off at the port, police demanded that protesters leave the area “in the name of the law” before firing tear gas and using water cannons. The gathered crowd of demonstrators were heard chanting “Freedom! freedom! “And” people like us never give up! “
A #Trieste continuano gli idranti e le cariche su persone con le mani alzate.Questa è una VERGOGNA per un Paese che pretende di definirsi “democratico”, indipendentemente da ciò che si pensi su # COVID-19 [FEMININE, vaccine e #greenpass. L’Italia sui media di tutto il Mondo .. pic.twitter.com/9ZW4yZ2HEX
The sit-in has been going on since Friday, with port president Zeno D’Agostino saying on Sunday, ahead of the police operation, that “the situation can no longer be tolerated” as the region needs “a functioning port.” “
Protesters said they intended to stage another protest at the port of Trieste on October 30, blocking “all of Italy” if the government continues to insist on the Covid Pass requirement for workers.
Estimates suggest that around 40% of workers at the port of Trieste are not vaccinated, according to Stefano Puzzer of the Coordination of Port Workers of Trieste, part of the city’s population opposing the vaccination program. Earlier this month, 4.5% of voters in municipal elections sided with an anti-vaccine party.
Regional Governor Massimiliano Fedriga has expressed concern that the protest and the need for police intervention will disrupt operations at the port of Trieste, a major hub for Italy. Similar protests were also seen in Genoa, another major Italian port, where protesters blocked access to trucks, potentially creating a wider problem across Italy.
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