This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Italy: Centre-right deputies occupy the Chamber to protest against new COVID restrictions00:17

Italy: Centre-right deputies occupy the Chamber to protest against new COVID restrictions

Italy, Rome
December 4, 2020 at 10:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Centre-right deputies occupied the Chamber to request the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Friday, as they held signs reading 'Conte, resign' and chanted, 'freedom, freedom.'

The protest comes after Conte decided to announce new COVID restrictions set for the Christmas holidays on television, rather than presenting them to Parliament first.

The new restrictions extend the rules already in place until January 6th. In addition, from December 21 to January 6, moving between regions will be forbidden, even for people who own second homes. Exceptions will be allowed if people return to their residence and for necessity, work, or health reasons.

Having dinners in hotels will be forbidden, only room service will be allowed for customers. However, on Christmas day, bars and restaurants will stay open for lunch.

Shops will remain open until 21.00 to allow for more extended Christmas shopping. Ski resorts will be closed during the holidays to avoid gatherings in the mountain. On New Year's Eve, the curfew will extend from 22.00 to 07.00.

The prime minister was accused by members of the opposition of behaving undemocratically. The president on duty, Fabio Rampelli, had to suspend the session, and the Chamber was later sanitised.

Italy: Centre-right deputies occupy the Chamber to protest against new COVID restrictions00:17
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Centre-right deputies occupied the Chamber to request the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Friday, as they held signs reading 'Conte, resign' and chanted, 'freedom, freedom.'

The protest comes after Conte decided to announce new COVID restrictions set for the Christmas holidays on television, rather than presenting them to Parliament first.

The new restrictions extend the rules already in place until January 6th. In addition, from December 21 to January 6, moving between regions will be forbidden, even for people who own second homes. Exceptions will be allowed if people return to their residence and for necessity, work, or health reasons.

Having dinners in hotels will be forbidden, only room service will be allowed for customers. However, on Christmas day, bars and restaurants will stay open for lunch.

Shops will remain open until 21.00 to allow for more extended Christmas shopping. Ski resorts will be closed during the holidays to avoid gatherings in the mountain. On New Year's Eve, the curfew will extend from 22.00 to 07.00.

The prime minister was accused by members of the opposition of behaving undemocratically. The president on duty, Fabio Rampelli, had to suspend the session, and the Chamber was later sanitised.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
01:26
See Europe’s highest tower covered with ice and snowSee Europe’s highest tower covered with ice and snow
January 15, 2021 at 20:03 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:46
Iran: Revolutionary Guard Corps' Chief Salami oversees military drills in central desertIran: Revolutionary Guard Corps' Chief Salami oversees military drills in central desert
January 15, 2021 at 17:58 GMT +00:00
04:45
Newlywed groom thrown into snow for good luck in 300-y/o Japanese traditionNewlywed groom thrown into snow for good luck in 300-y/o Japanese tradition
January 16, 2021 at 01:13 GMT +00:00
00:46
When deer met cat! See how unexpected encounter in Villetta Barrea unfoldsWhen deer met cat! See how unexpected encounter in Villetta Barrea unfolds
January 15, 2021 at 14:00 GMT +00:00
03:44
India: Huge crowds ignore coronavirus norms to attend bull-taming festivalIndia: Huge crowds ignore coronavirus norms to attend bull-taming festival
January 16, 2021 at 04:50 GMT +00:00
03:03
UK: Temporary mortuary that can hold up to 1,300 bodies opens in west LondonUK: Temporary mortuary that can hold up to 1,300 bodies opens in west London
January 15, 2021 at 23:25 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:03
Germany: Armin Laschet, NRW minister-president and close Merkel ally, elected as new CDU leaderGermany: Armin Laschet, NRW minister-president and close Merkel ally, elected as new CDU leader
January 16, 2021 at 12:15 GMT +00:00
02:53
Netherlands: 'It was reasonable' - Legal Protection minister on govt resignationNetherlands: 'It was reasonable' - Legal Protection minister on govt resignation
January 15, 2021 at 19:04 GMT +00:00
03:44
India: Thousands of Hindus crowd Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival despite pandemicIndia: Thousands of Hindus crowd Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival despite pandemic
January 15, 2021 at 20:06 GMT +00:00
02:30
USA: Thousands of troops guard Capitol as DC ramps up security for Biden's inaugurationUSA: Thousands of troops guard Capitol as DC ramps up security for Biden's inauguration
January 15, 2021 at 00:25 GMT +00:00
03:21
China: Beijing residents get COVID vaccines as city hits 1.5 million administered dosesChina: Beijing residents get COVID vaccines as city hits 1.5 million administered doses
January 15, 2021 at 19:18 GMT +00:00
01:29
Germany: Navalny 'fully free' to choose to leave country - govt spoxGermany: Navalny 'fully free' to choose to leave country - govt spox
January 15, 2021 at 15:35 GMT +00:00
03:55
USA: Thousand of National Guard troops heighten security at US Capitol ahead of Biden inaugurationUSA: Thousand of National Guard troops heighten security at US Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration
January 16, 2021 at 01:05 GMT +00:00
02:37
Italy: Rome police fine owners of bars remaining open to protest curfewItaly: Rome police fine owners of bars remaining open to protest curfew
January 15, 2021 at 23:24 GMT +00:00
01:15
Germany: Refugee reception facility to be converted into jail for COVID quarantine-breakersGermany: Refugee reception facility to be converted into jail for COVID quarantine-breakers
January 16, 2021 at 09:53 GMT +00:00
02:29
Austria: COVID sceptics hold rally in ViennaAustria: COVID sceptics hold rally in Vienna
January 16, 2021 at 12:45 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:45
Germany: Merkel addresses CDU ahead of leadership changeGermany: Merkel addresses CDU ahead of leadership change
January 15, 2021 at 19:35 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:49
Puerto Rico: National Guard troops depart for DC to aid with inauguration week securityPuerto Rico: National Guard troops depart for DC to aid with inauguration week security
January 15, 2021 at 18:19 GMT +00:00
02:42
Chile: Police turn water cannon on anti-government protestersChile: Police turn water cannon on anti-government protesters
January 16, 2021 at 02:55 GMT +00:00
02:12
Brazil: Planes bring oxygen to Manaus and airlift patients to other states amid COVID surgeBrazil: Planes bring oxygen to Manaus and airlift patients to other states amid COVID surge
January 16, 2021 at 03:18 GMT +00:00
01:45
Brazil: Sao Paulo residents stage pot-banging protest against Bolsonaro from their balconiesBrazil: Sao Paulo residents stage pot-banging protest against Bolsonaro from their balconies
January 16, 2021 at 02:10 GMT +00:00
View all videos