Lamorgese denies 'strategy of tension' in handling of Green pass riot

Interior minister sees challenging period ahead

(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 19 - Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on Tuesday denied allegations from Giorgia Meloni, the leader of opposition, right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, that the government deliberately mismanaged a Rome protest against the Green Pass COVID-19 health certificate earlier this month that degenerated into a riot.
    Meloni said the authorities' handling of the October 9 violence, including a raid in which the headquarters of trade union CGIL were ransacked, was part of a 'strategy of tension'.
    "There is a political interpretation (of the events) that tends to give credit to the thesis of a plan," Lamorgese said as she reported to the Lower House on the trouble.
    "I must firmly reject this interpretation because it insinuates that the forces of law and order would lend themselves to be the instrument of dark political purposes.
    "It is an unjust accusation that casts an unacceptable shadow over the work of the forces of law and order".
    Senior members of the far-right Forza Nuova party were among several people arrested for allegedly orchestrating the violence.
    The protest was against the government making the Green Pass, which shows that a person is vaccinated for COVID, has recovered from it in the last six months or has tested negative in the last few days, obligatory to access Italian places of work.
    Lamorgese said the authorities were caught off guard because the level of violence had gone well beyond "any reasonable forecast".
    The minister said she saw the period ahead, which features the G20 summit in Rome at the end of the month, as being "highly challenging" for the authorities. (ANSA).


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