A scuffle broke out on Thursday in the Italian Parliament as members of the national conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) protested the passing of the coronavirus Green Pass.

The protest was led by Giorgia Meloni and members of the FdI  in the Chambers of Deputies, the lower house of the Italian Parliament. The “Green Pass” would be required to enter certain indoor settings in Italy such as restaurants, gyms, and movies. Individuals would have to show that they are vaccinated or that they recently had a negative Covid-19 test result.

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The FdI deputies left their seats and stood up holding signs that said, “No Green Pass.” Fabio Rampelli, The President of the Chamber suspended work for several minutes as a result of the protest. Video of the footage showed members of the party going to the floor of the chamber resulting in a brief scuffle.

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Some members of the party defended the Green Pass claiming it gives more freedom.

“In this decree, no vaccination obligation is established and there are no limitations on personal freedoms. On the contrary, the Green Pass is a tool to move freely and safely.” – Andrea Mandelli  

Populist senator Matteo Salvini however does not agree with the Green Pass and feels that it is unfair for those who still needed to wait to get vaccinated.

“If we want the Green Pass for everyone, at the moment, it would take until the end of October, blowing up the summer season and the holidays. That would be devastating. And useless,” – Matteo Salvini

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Other protest against the Green Pass took place the night before in Rome and in Pesaro outside of Mayor Matteo Ricci’s home.

“No-vax demonstration outside my house. Beyond belief. And I’m not even at home, with family and children incredulous and frightened. You are squadristi. Shame on you. Freedom? You don’t even know what it is. Getting vaccinated is a civic and moral duty,” – Mayor Ricci

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