Several Italian lawmakers from right-wing nationalist Lega party – but not its leader Matteo Salvini – joined protests against the government’s decision to make a COVID-19 certificate a requirement to enter cinemas, bars and gyms from 6 August.
The protests took place in 12 cities across the country. More than 1,000 people joined the main one in Rome. Lega is part of Mario Draghi’s coalition government and according to Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli from the Five Star Movement, Lega’s participation was “totally wrong.”
“We do not realise how much we are still risking the resurgence of the pandemic and the government’s effort to introduce measures that can allow production activities to be left open,” he said.
Critics suggest that Salvini’s Lega wants to take advantage of the situation and fish for votes from the electorate opposing anything mandatory when it comes vaccinations.
Meanwhile, Italian President Sergio Mattarella has urged politicians and citizens to show sense of collective responsibility, saying vaccination is a moral and civic duty.
(Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)