Hundreds of angry restaurateurs, plus bar and business owners, descended on a square outside the Italian Parliament in Rome on Tuesday to protest the Covid restrictions that are currently forcing their businesses to remain closed.
The protest turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police, reportedly leaving two policemen and at least one protester injured. A number of arrests were made.
Led by the ‘Movimento Imprese Italiane’ (The Italian Business Movement), the protesters wore shackles and chains and chanted for freedom.
“We put chains on ourselves because we can't go ahead and accept this situation. We want to reclaim our jobs and our freedom,” said one protester.
Bars and restaurants are open only for takeaway during the day, in line with the current ‘red’ and ‘orange zone’ restrictions, and remain closed at night.
Chanting “Work!” and “Freedom!” the demonstrators in Piazza Montecitorio demanded that the government immediately reopen the businesses.
“We ask for an immediate end …