After the Italian government followed other European countries in announcing mandatory vaccine passports, Italians hit the streets to protest the measure, with demonstrators in Turin shouting, “No dictatorship!”
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France was first in Europe to announce vaccine passports would be mandatory for entry to large events and public spaces last week and the French being the admirably anarchic nation they are, President Macron (Little Emmanuel) was forced by an immediate public backlash last weekend to back off his cherished dictatorial measure. Early this week the United Kingdom announced that proof of vaccination would be required to enter some venues, and Boris Johnson's doom laden warnings sparked an immediate reaction with a large faction of the party he leads in parliament siding with the public for once and annoiuncing they will vote against any such dictatorial and discriminatory measure.
Italy followed suit, the government announcing on Wednesday (21 July) that from August 6, the authorities will mandate without seeking approval from their national assembly, that their citizens must be enrolled in a “green certification” program which will prohibit access for the unvaccinated or those who can’t provide a negative COVID test certificate to venues such as “indoor bars and restaurants, go to museums, swimming pools, gyms, theme parks and more,” reports Axios.
Irate Italians in Turin reacted by immediately hitting the streets.
The crowd chanted, “No green pass, no green pass!”, “No dictatorship, no dictatorship!” and “freedom, freedom!” during the demonstration. To be fair to the current Italian government they can't really seek legislative approval for anything as they were appointed to rule by the EU after the previous ruling coalition (also installed in power by the EU) collapsed and the Brussels overlords feared annihilation in an election at the hands of a centre right / right wing Eurosceptic coalition. If the protests in Italy are anything like those seen in France last weekend and throughout the week, expect them to become unruly in a hurry.
Although the unrest there forced President Macron to back down some of the places where vaccine passports will be required, the list is still lengthy and includes public transport, bars, cafes and shopping centers with a surface area of more than 20,000 square meters and the French are still extremely and vociferously unhappy at this latest assault on their beloved liberty.
Another major protest against vaccine passports and other hoax pandemic related restrictions on personal liberty and and social activity is planned to take place in London on Saturday. According to groups involved in organising the event this will be the biggest so far of the monthly protests against lockdowns, mask mandates, closure of public facilities and al the other repressive measure imposed by Il Duce Johnson's government to protect people who are not at risk from a virus (The so called Delta Variant), that will not kill them.