The E U appointed government of Italy, which was shoehorned into power to stop Eurosceptic parties Lega and Brothers of Italy winning a democratic election . on Friday followed the lead of Israel's government by implementing an internal Covid passport. This system, named Green Pass will allow only vaccinated citizens to engage in all public activity, and will be in the strictest and first such move towards full fascism in Eur
The pass is mandatory for every Italian citizen and "allows" entry into work spaces or activities like going to restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres based on one of the following three conditions that must be met:
proof of at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine
or proof of recent recovery from an infection
or a negative test within the past 48 hours
The government's move has not been well received by Italian citizens.
First approved by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's cabinet a month ago, it has now become mandatory on Oct.15., the policy has beeen pushed through by decree as Prime Minister Mario Draghi's government does not have a majority in the Italian national assembly
Spontaneous protests broke out across the country, as workers angry at the law's provision that those who don't comply with the fascistic edict can be fined 1,500 euros ($1,760); or alternately be forced to take unpaid leave for refusing the jab. CNN reported that it triggered "protests at key ports and fears of disruption to supply chains" on Friday, detailing further:
The largest demonstrations were at the major northeastern port of Trieste, where labor groups had threatened to block operations and around 6,000 protesters, some chanting and carrying flares, gathered outside the gates.
Around 40% of Trieste's port workers are not vaccinated, said Stefano Puzzer, a local trade union official, a far higher proportion than in the general Italian population.
Workers at the large port of Trieste have effectively blockaded the key transport hub...
As The Hill notes,
anyone wishing to travel to Italy anytime soon will have to obtain the
green pass by proving they are fully vaccinated, or providing a negative test.
The prime minister had earlier promoted the pass as a way to ensure no more lockdowns in already hard hit Italy, which has had an estimated 130,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the requirement of what's essentially a domestic Covid passport is practically catching on in other parts of Europe as well, with it already being required to enter certain hospitality settings in German and Greece, for example. Some towns in Germany have reportedly begun requiring vaccination proof just to enter stores. So likely the Italy model will soon be enacted in Western Europe as well.
OK, so germany's love of authoritarianism is well known and Greece is another former democracy now ruled by an EU appointed bureaucratic dictatorship. Do you see a pattern emerging here?
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