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Green Pass to be reassessed next year

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The government’s controversial Green Pass may be revised next year. When Italy’s COVID state of emergency ends in December, the government will reassess the scope of the Green Pass, Health Undersecretary Andrea Costa said.

 Costa said it might be possible for the passport to stop being obligatory for all workplaces, as it will be from Friday, “if the data are good”.

There have been several protests against the passport. One in Rome turned violent when a far-right-led mob ransacked the CGIL trade union HQ on Saturday. On Monday Premier Mario Draghi visited the CGIL headquarters.

Anti-Green Pass police chief suspended

An Italian deputy police chief who addressed the crowd at a protest in Rome Saturday against the government’s Green Pass vaccine passport has been suspended from duty.

Alessandra Schilirò spoke to protesters in Rome’s San Giovannia square before the protest turned violent.

Probes opened into violent protests

Rome prosecutors opened two probes into the violence that broke out during Saturday’s protest against the Green Pass vaccine passport, sources have said.

The first investigation regards six of the 12 people arrested in relation to the violence and who are suspected of being the ringleaders. These include Forza Nuova (FN) leader Roberto Fiore, another senior member of the far-right group, Giuliano Castellino, and Luigi Aronica, a former member of the NAR right-wing terrorist group. They are suspected of instigation to commit a crime, devastation and looting.

The other probe regards the other six arrested people. They could face charges that include resisting arrest, injuring a public official and aggravated bodily harm. The centre-left Democratic Party, meanwhile, on Monday presented a motion in parliament calling on the government to dissolve Forza Nuova and other parties inspired by Fascism.

Forza Nuova remain unapologetic

 Police have identified around 600 people who took part in the violent protests after studying video footage. Dozens of officers were hurt.

Forza Nuova, however, remained unapologetic after the rioting. “The popular revolution will not stop its path, with or without us, until the Green Pass if definitively withdrawn,” a statement read. “Saturday was a watershed between the old and the new.”

Monday’s Covid figures

There were 1,516 new cases in the last 24 hours and 34 more deaths, the health ministry said Monday. That compares with 2,278 new cases and 27 more victims Sunday.

Some 114,776 more tests have been done, compared with 270,044 Sunday. The positivity rate is up from 0.8% to 1.32%. The currently positive are 84,106, down 702 on Sunday.

Intensive care cases are up 10, and hospital admissions up 37. The recovered and discharged are 4,486,391, up 2,184 on Sunday. The case tally since the start of the epidemic is 4,701,832, and the death toll 131,335.

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