UPDATED 5:16 PM PT – Monday, October 11, 2021
Police crashed with protesters in Rome after an anti-forced vaccination protest descended into violence. Italy has planned to introduce its “Green Pass” in a week, which prompted thousands of Italians to take to the streets to protest the government on Saturday.
The Green Pass would be among the strictest vaccine requirements in the world. Italians who do not have proof of vaccination, previous infection or a negative test will not be allowed to enter work to make a living.
The crowd of protesters became frenzied when police tried to stop them from marching down the street. Water cannons were fired at citizens and numerous others were arrested.
Got caught in a protest in Italy.
From what I gather it was about vaccine mandates / green pass.
Got teargassed then called it a night.
Here are some images and video: https://t.co/SkOD7pBRbA
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) October 11, 2021
Italy was not alone in citizens being irate at their government for forcing vaccinations. Neighboring Slovenia saw thousands of people descend on the capital from all across the country to protest restrictions and mandates.
While not as strict as Italy, all Slovenians have been forced to either prove a vaccine or negative test at personal expense to attend work at state run firms. The protest coincided with a European Union summit taking place in the Capital, which prompted police to stop 30 buses from entering the city with protesters from other parts of the country.
Helicopters were closely monitoring the event, but police still launched tear gas and water canons at citizens as they tried to march through the city. Protesters demanded an end to “corona fascism” in their country, which has the lowest vaccination rate across Europe at 48 percent.
Europe is not exclusive with protests against mandates. In New York City, the most populated in the United States, protests against the city’s pass have been incessant for weeks.
The protests have drawn thousands of people in attendance and the most recent was no different. New Yorkers have been calling on the government for the freedom to choose whether to receive the vaccine or not.
In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has pushed through the most extensive mandate for vaccines in the U.S. He has required people show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars and theaters. There are no exemptions for those with natural immunity or those with religious objections to taking the jab.
On top of the city mandate, a statewide mandate by Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) has forced all health care and nursing home workers to take the shot or be fired. This has exacerbated an already existing shortage of workers in the field, which has prompted Hochul to call the National Guard to fill their roles.
The protests taking place all across the world have the general goal for each to be freedom for citizens to make medical decisions for themselves without being cast out from making a living.