Italy was bracing itself for protests at railway stations around the country. The ‘No Green Pass’ demonstrators vowed to block trains.
As Italy’s interior minister Luciana Lamorgese pledged a “zero tolerance” approach for anyone who attempts to disrupt train services today, security was stepped up.
‘No Green Pass’ demonstrations were planned at railway stations across the country on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 September. This is as a result of the new Green Pass rules taking effect for those travelling on long-distance transport.
‘No Green Pass’ protesters vow to block trains
The new restrictions on travel within Italy came into effect today, 1st September. The Green Pass – showing the holder is either fully-vaccinated, tested negative or recently recovered from Covid – is now needed for journeys on Intercity and high-speed trains, domestic flights, long-distance buses and inter-regional ferries.
Protesters say the new rules are discriminatory against those who choose not to get the Pass.
Italy’s pass is deemed by some as a “slavery passport”. It is also required to dine indoors in restaurants and access many leisure and cultural activities. However, it is not needed to travel on local transport networks or regional trains.
Unions called for additional security
Transport unions called for additional security for railway staff and commuters. They said there are “clear risks” connected to the planned demonstrations with protesters threatening to ‘block’ trains from departing.