Sumary of Restaurant owners clash with police in Rome lockdown protest:
- ROME (AP) — Italian restaurant owners and others angry at having their businesses shut for weeks due to a virus lockdown clashed with police Tuesday during a protest outside Parliament in Rome, while in the south, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major highway..
- Members of a far-right political group joined the business owners at the protest, according to the Italian news agency ANSA..
- Restaurants and cafes in regions with lower incidence of cases and less critically impacted hospital ICUs — so-called yellow zones — have been allowed at times to have sit-down dining and drinking before evening..
- That prompted the Italian government to temporarily eliminate the yellow zone designation from before the Easter holidays through the rest of April..
- Expressing solidarity with the injured police officer, Interior Ministry Undersecretary Carlo Sibilia said “violence won’t be tolerated.”.
- Still, Sibilia, from the populist 5-Star Movement, called on the government, besides concentrating on the vaccine rollout, to provide “immediately, new compensatory funds for economic activities closed or penalized by the recent restrictions.”.
- Sibilia pressed for government guarantees of loans, a moratorium on mortgage payments, a stop to evictions, and compensation for income lost due to COVID-19 measures…