14 Sep. 2021 19:50
The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched searches of anti-vaccination opponents in six Italian cities. Allegedly the members of the Telegram group “The Warriors” planned violent demonstrations against the COVID-19 policy of the Italian government.
Due to the rather low number of participants in the recent demonstrations against the expansion of the so-called “green passport”, proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test, the Italian authorities expected new violent actions. According to the daily newspaper, these are supposed to be the opponents of the vaccination The newspaper planned for this week and organized through the Telegram group “The Warriors”. The public prosecutor’s office in Milan therefore initiated investigations against the “warriors” in advance and filed an application for the confiscation of the Telegram channel “Enough dictatorship”.
In addition, house searches of “Krieger” members were carried out in Milan, Rome, Bergamo, Reggio Emilia, Venice and Padua. In Milan alone, eight people were visited in the early hours of the morning and their PCs, cell phones, laptops and social media accounts checked. All suspects are Italian citizens, who are now being investigated by the head of the anti-terrorism department of the public prosecutor’s office, Alberto Nobili, and public prosecutor Piero Basilone for inciting serious crimes after the coordinated actions have been concluded. The extremist section of anti-vaccination groups is accused of intending to build do-it-yourself bombs, obtain knives and use them at demonstrations this week. Allegedly, the “warriors” aimed their actions at “changing or influencing government policy and the institutional vaccination campaign,” according to the investigators in Milan.
Further house searches were carried out among others at Giuliano Castellino, the Roman leader of the Forza Nuova, and four other leaders of the neo-fascist group. The police found smoke bombs, batons, balaclavas and flags with symbols of the extreme right. The Turin public prosecutor’s office had previously requested the seizure of the Telegram channel “Enough Violence”. Allegedly, the group members insulted politicians and journalists and published their private addresses.
Politicians reacted positively to these measures, especially since Mario Draghi’s government is pushing for a swift expansion of the Green Pass. Matteo Salvina, representative of the right-wing populist Lega, put in a mild protest, but in the end the Lega agreed with the government, because none of Salvini’s ministers wanted to disagree. The Green Pass will also be introduced in nursing homes, schools and universities. The intention is to suspend lecturers who do not have a green passport. If necessary, there is a risk of fines of up to 1,000 euros. A small minority of professors spoke out against the Green Pass because it ultimately restricts civil rights. The Italian government has long since voted on an emergency law that makes the use of the green passport possible.
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