Some 200 people demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday in a tense atmosphere with the police, demanding the departure of the government of Giuseppe Conte, accused of all the evils in the country, AFP noted.
In an attempt to circumvent the cordon of riot police, a small group of people escaped into an alley in the center, other demonstrators lying in front of the armored vehicles of the police to prevent them from ” or tap on the vehicle doors.
Part of the demonstrators belong to the Italian extreme right, as evidenced by the t-shirts worn by some with the inscription “marcia su Roma” (march on Rome). The march on Rome was organized in 1922 by the fascists of Benito Mussolini in order to put pressure on the Italian government of the time.
“We want a revolution in Italy, the Conte government does not please us,” one of the protesters told AFP. “I have a company with 30 employees, 20 of whom are unemployed. They haven’t touched a euro for three months, how are they going to eat,” added Nicola Franzoni, one of the organizers, citing tens of thousands of small and medium enterprises in great difficulty.
“In all the parliaments of Europe parliamentarians have reduced their salaries, except here in Italy. We no longer want this Italy or this Europe”, he added, citing as an example of a policy to follow that of the president American Donald Trump.
Italy, hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic which killed more than 33,000 people in the country, suffered a 5.3% drop in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter compared to the previous one, a decline never seen in 25 years.