Protests were held in the streets of Rome and in many other cities to demonstrate against the recent tightening of "Green Pass" requirements. The pass is the country's version of the vaccine passport, and it is what Italians need to present to be allowed to participate in certain activities including religious ceremonies, travel, dining and shopping.
According to the new restrictions, starting Feb. 15, all public and private workers in Italy have to present the Super Green Pass before they can be granted access to their own workplaces. (Related: Italy imposes more covid fascism on citizens, says they must get vaccinated to work and enjoy public life.)
The Super Green Pass is a "reinforced" version of the "basic" Green Pass. It can only be obtained by people who are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 infection.
The Super Green Pass regulation applies to both Italian citizens and foreign residents.
People in Italy who want to ride any form of public transportation must now present a Super Green Pass. Commuters are also obliged to wear face masks.
The pass is now also required for people who want to enter cinemas, theaters, stadiums, hotels, ski lifts, museums, gyms, public swimming pools, theme parks and wedding receptions.
The basic version of the Green Pass will now also be a requirement for people who want to visit hairdressers and beauticians, and starting Feb. 1 it will be required to enter banks, post offices, non-essential shops and shopping malls.
This means the only places the unvaccinated will be able to enter starting Feb. 1 are grocery stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.
Unemployed Italians who are over the age of 50 are unable to get a Super Green Pass even if they present proof that they recently recovered from a coronavirus infection. A newly passed vaccine mandate requires them to take the experimental and deadly COVID-19 vaccine or be denied entry into most public spaces.
The largest of the protests occurred in Rome, where over 5,000 people converged in the plaza in front of the Lateran Basilica in one of the city's central neighborhoods. Protesters showed up holding placards that read "Vaccine Nazis off their thrones" and "Hands off the Constitution."
Both the protesters and the speakers directed their anger at Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
One of the first speakers was legendary Italian actor Enrico Montesano, who roused the crowd by telling them: "People like us never give up."
Politicians also took part in the protests. Bianca Laura Granato, an independent conservative senator, spoke to the crowd about the corruption in the Italian parliament.
"These criminals have placed an administrative procedure before our rights with the administration of doses of an experimental drug," she said. "Parliament and the government today are a limited liability company. If we do not make a hard and immovable resistance, we should leave this country. These gentlemen will not only have to leave but will have to pay for the humiliations they made us live."
The protest organizers also played a message from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
"It is the Lord who saves you, not an experimental serum," he said. He also decried those who would force people to be discriminated against simply because they want to go to work or school.
Vigano also called on people to continue rejecting the COVID-19 vaccines. "Your children will thank you for what you do."
"Your protest is courageous, and starts from fundamental principles such as the right to natural freedoms," concluded Vigano. "I urge you not to give in to provocations."
The rally in Milan also drew in several thousand people. It was organized by conservative senator and former TV Journalist Gianluigi Paragone.
Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier attended the event. During his speech, he lashed out against the vaccines because they "do not protect, but facilitate other infections." He urged the crowd to remain unvaccinated, telling them that "the unvaccinated will save humanity."
Also in attendance is former motorcycling champion Marco Melandri, who previously drew criticism from mainstream Italian news outlets for purposefully getting infected with COVID-19 in order to obtain a basic Green Pass. During his speech, he described the vaccine passport as "blackmail."
Smaller protests against the vaccine mandate and the Super Green Pass were held in other cities, including Turin, Padua and Naples.
Watch this clip of thousands of Italians protesting against the tyrannical restrictions imposed by the Italian government on its own people.
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