‘Today is a day of anti-fascism’: Protesters fill Rome as Covid rules stoke political tensions

Italy’s ‘Green Pass’ caused angry demonstrations last weekend, prompting fears over the rise of the far-right. On Saturday, thousands protested against fascism

Sofia Barbarani
In Rome
Saturday 16 October 2021 22:17
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<p>Workers from the Italian Labour Union (UIL) during today’s anti-fascist rally in Rome</p>

Workers from the Italian Labour Union (UIL) during today’s anti-fascist rally in Rome

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Helicopters hovered over Rome today as thousands of people rallied in the Italian capital to protest against last week’s attack by members of the far-right on a trade union.

What began last weekend as a peaceful demonstration against a government drive to make the Covid-19 passport mandatory for all workers, spiralled into clashes and an assault on Italy’s leading trade union CGIL’s building, while others tried in vain to reach prime minister Mario Draghi’s office.

Twelve people were arrested, including the leaders of the far right party Forza Nuova, fuelling fears of a resurgent fascist movement in a country that still bears the scars of Benito Mussolini’s dictatorship.

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