Police were out in force, schools ended classes early and embassies issued warnings of possible violence amid concerns that the anti-vaccination demonstrations could turn violent, as they did in Rome last weekend.
Peoples tempers are rising as Italy brings in the mandate for the Green Pass. The violence in the capital was blamed on a small far-right group, Forza Nuova, which experts say infiltrated last weekend’s protests.
The new rule means employees will have to show the pass to enter their place of work. The pass proves the individual has been vaccinated, has recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months and or has recently tested negative.
Employees and employers risk fines if they don’t comply. Public sector workers can be suspended if they show up five times without the pass.