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Italian dockworkers face police water cannons. Screenshot from LocalTeam/RT

Trieste port: Evacuation by force of anti-Covid-pass protesters

Blocked for several days by anti-Covid-pass protesters, Italian police used water cannons and tear gas while charging dockers to break through the blockade of the port of Trieste.

Published: October 18, 2021, 12:35 pm

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    Dockers of Trieste had shut down the port for several days, but the police intervened to evacuate the opponents of the health pass using water cannons. Trieste alone brought together more demonstrators than Rome or Milan. Dockworkers who had been blocking the port of Trieste for three days to oppose the “Green Pass” in Italy confronted the police during an intervention on the morning of October 18.

    Stefano Puzzer, head of the CLPT (the workers’ committee of the port of Trieste), had however assured that the action would not hinder “those who want to work”, leaving the port to operate in slow motion. The union had also announced an extension of the strike: “We do not accept the offer of free tests, we defend our free will,” Puzzer said about vaccination and the health pass, which were made mandatory by the Draghi administration at his workplace.

    But police vehicles arrived in front of Gate 4, as the ANSA news agency reported, and told them to move away “in the name of the law”. The demonstrators were waiting for them on the other side of the gate, along the road, sitting on the ground chanting “people like us never give up” and “freedom”.

    Police armed themselves with riot gear, and an official repeatedly urged them to disperse before resorting to water cannons. Among the dockers was also Stefano Puzzer. One of the workers also suffered mild discomfort during the first hectic phases of the eviction and was exfiltrated by colleagues to an ambulance.

    When the water cannons stopped firing, the demonstrators resumed their sitting, slowing the intervention of police vehicles. Meanwhile, other people arrived at the scene – mainly in support of the demonstrators, according to ANSA.

    It is estimated that around 40 percent of the port of Trieste’s workers do not have the “Green Pass”.

    The port workers, recognizable by their yellow vests, had formed a cordon between the police and the demonstrators to avoid clashes. The police nevertheless ended up charging the dockers to unblock the port while again resorting to water cannons al well as tear gas.

    Located in Istria, on the Slovenian border with Italy, Trieste has become the epicenter of the protest against the “Green Pass”. On October 9, more than 15000 demonstrators gathered before the port workers began a blockade on October 15.

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