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Photos: Italy protests new COVID-19 lockdown with fires, looting - Business Insider

Photos: Italy protests new COVID-19 lockdown with fires, looting – Business Insider


  • Italian are violently protesting a second wave of lockdown measures imposed Monday to combat a boom in COVID-19 cases.
  • Since Monday, gyms, pools, cinemas, and theaters have been required to close until November 24, and bars and restaurants were forced to close by 6 p.m. each day.
  • Demonstrators clashed with the police in major cities like Rome, Turin, Milan, and Naples, as well as in smaller towns. Police made dozens of arrests.
  • Videos posted to social media showed protesters hitting police vans with bats, and a Gucci store in Turin being looted.
  • On Sunday, Italy reported a new record of 21,273 daily new coronavirus cases, along with 128 deaths.
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People across Italy are violently protesting a second wave of lockdown measures imposed Monday to combat a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Sunday that “to avoid a second general lockdown,” gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, and theaters must shutter until November 24 at the earliest, with all bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m. every day.
This week Italy entered its worst period of the pandemic since March and April, when it was the world’s epicenter of the pandemic.
On Monday, the country recorded 17,012 new cases and 141 new deaths, according to the health ministry. On Sunday, it also reported a new high of 21,273 daily new cases, along with 128 deaths.

Demonstrators clash with Riot Police during the protest against the lockdown in Piazza Castello on October 26, 2020 in Turin, Italy. The protest is organized to protest against the blockade to restaurant and bars and curfew imposed in the Piedmont Region and by the Italian Government of the evening lockdown which will start from today at 6pm to contain the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

 

Demonstrators and riot police in Turin’s Piazza Castello on October 26, 2020.


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Despite this, the new rules were met with derision across Italy.
Businesses said they will crumble under the measures, though Conte has promised a compensation package to alleviate the damage.
Protests also broke out in major cities and small towns alike. The largest and most violent were seen in Turin, Milan, and Naples.
Video posted to social media showed a group of men breaking into and looting a Gucci store in Turin on Monday.

—Kate98 (@CaterinaRossi0) October 26, 2020

Two Egyptian nationals were arrested over the looting, the ANSA news agency reported, adding that arrests were also made over the looting of a Louis Vuitton store in the city.
A total of six people were arrested in Turin on Monday in relation to “violence, fires, and looting,” according to ANSA.
Earlier in the evening, dozens of the city’s taxi drivers created a peaceful blockade in Piazza Castello, a popular city square, to protest the lockdown, the Stato Quotidiano newspaper said.
Protesters in Naples also gathered to protest the new lockdown measures on Monday night, with many in attendance creating a din by shaking cutlery and cocktail mixers, according to La Repubblica.

Citizens together with shopkeepers protest in Piazza Plebiscito against the anti-Covid restrictions imposed by the Italian Government of Giuseppe Conte and the Regional Council of Governor Vincenzo De Luca, to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, in Naples, Italy, on 26 October 2020. After the last Dpcm of Giuseppe Conte's Italian Government, which establishes the closure of various commercial activities (gyms, cinemas, theatres, amusement arcades, wellness centres) and the closure at 6pm for restaurants, pubs and coffebars, until November 24th, bringing a series of protests and disapproval in many Italian squares by citizens and traders due to the loss of job opportunities. (Photo by Manuel Dorati/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

 

Citizens and shopkeepers protest in Piazza Plebiscito in Naples, Italy, on October 26, 2020.


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Videos also showed protesters in the city attacking police vans with clubs.

—Dr. Jörg D. Valentin (@drjdvalentin) October 25, 2020

In Milan, police detained 28 people following clashes with protesters, according to La Repubblica. 
And in Rome, around 300 people gathered to protest, with two police officers injured during clashes.

Riot police during anti-government demonstrations on October 26, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Following a surge in new COVID-19 cases, demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against Italy's new restrictions, which includes the 6pm closure of bars and restaurants, the complete closure of most outdoor sporting and entertainment facilities and a total ban on fans in soccer stadiums. (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

 

Riot police during demonstrations in Milan, Italy, on October 26, 2020.


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Protesters also gathered in Lecce, Trieste, Viareggio, Pescara, Catania, and Cremona.
A group of protesters Lecce chanted the slogan: “Better the risk of dying from COVID than the certainty of dying of hunger,” La Repubblica reported.
Conte said Sunday that the anger was understandable, but added: “We can’t allow professional organizers of social unrest to infiltrate these protests.”

A small group of demonstrators gathered in Piazza Vittoria, Brescia, Italy, on October 26, 2020 to protest against the measures decided by the government. The new ordinance of the Prime Minister comes into force today. It provides, among other restrictions, the closure of bars and restaurants from 6 pm to 5 am and the total closure of theaters. (Photo by Stefano Nicoli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

 

A small anti-lockdown demonstration in Piazza Vittoria in Brescia, Italy, on October 26, 2020.


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The measures that came into force Monday at the latest and most severe in a string of new rules introduced this fall.
Most recently, on October 19, Conte gave local mayors the power to shut down their town centers by 9 p.m.
Before that, on October 7, the government made it compulsory to wear masks outdoors.
In September, Italy seemed to be avoiding the second wave that was hitting Europe. This week, it joined its neighbors in struggling to contain their outbreaks.
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