Demonstrators gathered in Rome on Saturday, October 31, to denounce the latest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions imposed by the government. Hundreds of far-right demonstrators staged a sit-in demonstration at Campo dei Fiori and skirmishes between protesters and security forces were reported as protesters began throwing bottles and firecrackers before being dispersed by riot police. Thousands of demonstrators also gathered at Independence Square in the capital on Saturday which reportedly ended with clashes between police and demonstrators.
Saturday's demonstrations came a day after protests in Florence on Friday, October 30, turned violent. Police reportedly intervened to disperse approximately 200 people from entering the central Piazza della Signoria. Demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails, bottles, and rocks and damaged property.
The government is expected to present a decree as early as Monday, November 2, with additional restrictions to be imposed as the number of cases continues to increase. Further protests regarding the issue are therefore likely across Rome/Italy in the near term. A heightened security presence should also be anticipated.
Those in Rome are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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