Northern Italy: Dozens Wounded in Clash with Police Over Covid-19 Lockdowns

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Demonstrations erupted across the country on Monday over government restrictions claimed to be necessary to prevent a second wave of Covid-19. These include closing restaurants and bars by 6 pm and shutting down gyms, cinemas, and swimming pools. Police said around 2,500 people turned out in the city of Turin in two separate groups: One included traders, restaurateurs and small business owners who protested peacefully. The other included extreme fans of two soccer clubs, but many of them had criminal records, according to police. Dozens of people, including 10 police officers, were wounded as the violent protesters threw stones, firecrackers, and bottles at police, and set garbage bins alight. Officers responded with tear gas and arrested 10 people. A group of “hooded men” also smashed shop windows and looted luxury boutiques. Social media footage from Milan shows demonstrators with flares and throwing street barricades down subway stairs. Police say the protesters were a “heterogeneous” group, including young people, some from the far-right and some non-EU citizens. In Milan, 28 people were taken in for questioning following the clashes: 10 were foreigners. [This suggests they were not freedom protestors at all but may have been hired thugs (as we have seen in all ‘social-justice’ riots involving violence and destruction of property) whose assignment is to create as much fire, smoke, and destruction as possible to justify martial law, which is the end game of those who fund them.] -GEG

Protesters have clashed with police in northern Italy, as demonstrations erupted across the country Monday night over government restrictions aimed at quelling a second wave of Covid-19.

Police said around 2,500 people turned out in the city of Turin in two separate groups: one including traders, restaurateurs and small business owners who protested peacefully, the other including extreme fans of the soccer clubs Juventus and Torino. Many had criminal records, police said.

Both Torino and Juventus declined to comment.

Dozens of people, including 10 police officers, were wounded in the clashes as the violent protesters threw stones, firecrackers and bottles at police, and set garbage bins alight. Officers responded with tear gas and arrested 10 people.

A group of “hooded men” also smashed shop windows and looted luxury boutiques, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton stores.

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