Coronavirus in Italy: anti-curfew protesters clashed with police in Naples

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Hundreds of people took to the streets in rejection of the new restrictions imposed by the regional government to stop the second wave of infections.

Protesters and police officers clashed during the night of this Friday in Naples in a demonstration against curfew imposed by the regional government in the city, a measure that some have considered as the advance of a total closure.

Hundreds of protesters, many with candles in their hands, went in procession to the government building in the Campania region in an illegal march, according to the anti-coronavirus regulations imposed by the provincial government, in which they demanded the arrest of the closure of the city and economic support measures.

Upon reaching the building, the police tried to disperse them, to which the protesters reacted by throwing firecrackers and smoke bombs in response, some of which hit a Carabineros car, according to the local newspaper ‘Corriere de la Sera’.

In the last hours, the governor of Campania, Vincenzo De Luca, has asked the national government to decree a new confinement that lasts approximately one month with the aim of “save Christmas”.

De Luca has called for “drastic measures” such as leaving only staple businesses open to curb the virus on a day when Italy has marked a new record of daily cases with 19,143 cases detected.

According to ‘Corriere de la Sera’, De Luca is expected to decree confinement in the region over the weekend. However, the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has been in favor of avoid complete confinement.

During the protests, the protesters, who walked the streets under the slogan “You close us, you pay us”, have thrown bottles at the police and set garbage containers on fire.

Apart from the main demonstration, there have been other actions against the closure that have caused the closure of streets in various parts of the city.

Source: agencies

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