Anti-lockdown riots have erupted in Naples as residents take to the streets to protest the lockdowns being imposed as a result of continually rising coronavirus cases in Italy.
The extreme scenes were broadcast on social media as crowds of young people clashed with the police in Naples on Friday, October 24.
A number of regions of Italy have seen an excessive rise in the number of coronavirus cases, in particular in the regions of Lombardy and Campania.
On Friday, October 24, the regional president for Campania, Vincenzo De Luca, announced that he was considering another regional lockdown to curb the spread of Covid in the area.
He said: “Current data on the contagion make any kind of partial measure ineffective.
“We have to close everything, except for those businesses that produce and transport essential goods.”
The region has already imposed a strict night-time curfew and ha closed most of the schools in the area.
The protests started in Naples at 11pm, the time at which the curfews begin and saw police use tear gas to try and disperse the high volume of protesters.
This is first time that protests have occurred in Italy since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and they quickly turned violent with protesters throwing various objects at police including glass bottles.
The protesters held up banners protesting the closure of their business when many are struggling to survive which read, “You close us, you pay us.”
The protesters were finally dispersed and the Italian government has condemned the violence.
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