Residents in Amantea (Cosenza province) gathered to protest for a second consecutive day on Monday, July 13. On Sunday, July 12, protesters blocked a state road as part of protests, but on Monday participants gathered in the streets of central Amantea. Unconfirmed reports suggest that there were plans to send additional security personnel to the town to prevent any potential unrest.
Further protests are likely in the coming days, and a heightened security presence is to be anticipated.
Protests are being held to denounce a group of rescued refugees who are being held in isolation in Amantea after 13 out of the 24 refugees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The refugees are currently being housed in residential buildings in the town. Some residents believe the refugees may deter holidaymakers from coming to the area, and thus damage their tourism industry which many heavily rely upon.
Individuals in Amantea are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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