In Naples, protest against restrictive measures escalated into clashes with police

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ROME, October 24. / TASS /. Several hundred people protested in the southern Italian city of Naples against the introduction of restrictive measures amid the spread of the coronavirus. As reported by ANSA agency, the peaceful demonstration of restaurateurs and shopkeepers escalated into clashes with the police, when unknown persons joined it.

Protesters threw firecrackers at the regional government building. The police had to use tear gas. The victims and detainees are not reported.

The protests were triggered by statements by Campania Governor Vincenzo De Luca, recently re-elected by more than 60% of the vote, about his intention to declare quarantine and self-isolation in the region. Restaurateurs protested against the imposition of a curfew, which came into force on Friday at 23:00 (midnight Moscow time). Among the slogans of the protesters is the phrase: "Whoever closes us, he will pay us." The violent protest is the first in Italy to have been quarantined for nearly three months in the spring.

On Friday, Campania recorded the maximum number of new cases of coronavirus infection per day so far, which exceeded 2 thousand. De Luca speaks of "an impending tragedy" and asks the central government to introduce a nationwide quarantine.

On Friday, more than 19 thousand new infections were detected across the country as a result of more than 182 thousand tests. The largest number of newly infected people is in northern Lombardy, where Governor Attilio Fontana announced the transfer of all educational institutions from Monday to distance learning.

According to media reports, the government is considering introducing a curfew throughout the national territory from 6 pm.

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