Thousands take part in protest against health passports in the center of the Italian capital Rome Photos: Royers
The rules, which take effect on October 15, require employees to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test in order to be admitted to their workplace. The provision affects both public and private enterprises.
Initially, protesters staged a large, permitted Piazza del Popolo protest. They then left the square and clashed with police as they passed through Villa Borghese Park in an unsanctioned protest, the Associated Press and BTA reported.
Policemen, equipped to fight the riots, prevented them from going on a street that passed by Prime Minister Dear. Water jets were used in the collisions. At least two protesters were injured.
Italians have been required for months to show a health passport when visiting cinemas, theaters, museums, exhibitions, concerts, gyms and swimming pools, indoor visits to restaurants, and long-distance travel. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 80 percent of 12-year-olds have been vaccinated.
Italy was the first European country affected by the pandemic and the victims in the country exceed 130,000, reminds AFP.