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 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.