by Tyler Durden
Naples anti-lockdown protests
Earlier this year Italy became the first entire nation to impose
strict lockdown and social distancing measures when it was the first
to see a major
coronavirus outbreak outside of Wuhan, China.
By the close of May, just as the United States took the lead
globally in number of confirmed cases, Italy's numbers had fallen
and lockdown restrictions were dropped, with its daily infection
rate remaining under control through summer.
However, Italy's case
numbers began soaring once again starting September into this month.
Over the weekend the country saw a new record daily high.
Reuters reports that,
"COVID-19 cases across the country have risen
seven-fold since the start of the month, jumping to 19,143 on Friday
and raising fears that the pandemic is spiraling out of control."
Local media dubbed weekend clashes with police in Naples a appearing
more like guerilla warfare...
Naturally government leaders are once again eyeing a total lockdown
of the peninsula, but it's evident many Italians aren't having it.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has just issued a new emergency decree
Sunday which once again shutters all cinemas, theatres, gyms and
And further bars and restaurants have been ordered
to close by 6pm every night.
This set off major protests across various cities, especially in
Rome and Naples, which led to clashes with police over the weekend.
Initially peaceful, local media have described many demonstrations
rapidly spiraled into fights with police led by hundreds or
In Rome fireworks were shot at police trying to disperse a central
The mayhem is believed to have been led by the right wing
Nova party which called for the population to resist what it called
"health dictatorship and curfews".
Meanwhile Italy's southern Campania region has moved to implement a
total lockdown of the province, with its leaders urging the rest of
the country to follow suit, according to Reuters.
Italy Fights Back...!
Thousands protest against the Socialist government tyrannical
coronavirus lockdown measures in Naples
"Freedom, freedom, freedom...!"
This had set off the fiercest demonstrations thus far in Naples
Friday night, with a handful of people arrested, while in Rome
Saturday night up to a dozen or more were arrested.
Likely anti-lockdown marches and protests will only grow - a trend
witnessed in other countries that have attempted to reimpose
lockdowns after long adapting to a 'new normal' of common sense
social distancing measures.