Rome. Assault on the capital. Armored vehicles surrounded by hundreds of demonstrators, kicked at the express trucks, throwing bottles and paper bombs at riot gear, shutters down and tourists on the run. Rome as at the G8 in Genoa. The national headquarters of the Cigl were attacked and occupied, scuffles in via del Tritone, journalists pushed and expelled. Dozens of stops, among these ultras of various supporters. It was supposed to be a “peaceful” sit-in, one of the many planned by the No Pass groups, in Piazza del Popolo, Rome. In less than an hour it turned into urban guerrilla warfare. From 10 thousand in the square, coming from all over Italy, they come off in groups of hundreds, all with their faces covered and armed with sticks and firecrackers.
Leading a first unauthorized procession was the leader of Forza Nuova, Giuliano Castellino, under special surveillance, already hit by three Daspos, inexplicably in the square despite the prohibitions. «We are 100 thousand – says Castellino – Today we stop the green certificate. The strength of the square against sanitary tyranny, the strength of the people against invented emergencies ». “Tonight we will take Rome,” others shout from megaphones, inciting a revolt. Afternoon of very hard clashes, in short, between thousands of “black bloc No Pass” directed from Via del Corso to Palazzo Chigi but rejected by police officers. Tear, high pressure water jets, batons: it took hours to disperse the most violent. Well organized groups armed with stones, paper bombs, bottles.
At 5 pm, between piazza del Popolo and piazzale Flaminio, the police are forced to retreat after an initial assault by a hundred people on an armored vehicle. An action that only by a whisker did not turn into tragedy, when the group tries to overturn the vehicle. Blows with sticks and punches on the windows, stones against the windshield. And there were those who even climbed up to the roof of the van shouting “Libertà Libertà”. At that point the agents could not help but retreat, avoiding the assault from having serious consequences. But it is from Porta Pinciana, towards Villa Borghese and via Veneto, that two wings break away from the rest of the demonstrators. According to what they write live on social media, the policemen are trying to run over a couple of protesters. Faces covered, the flag waved in front of the cameras, shouts and insults to Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Launch of firecrackers, stones, cobblestones, a blitz against the unions is planned. At 17.58, before the police can make a wall, the door of the Cigl is broken down, triggering the alarm system to the cry of “Landini Landini resigned”. Then: «Hands off work. Sold ». In the atrium there are those who destroy what comes within range, others stop them: “No, we must not break up.” Already done. The union, “guilty” according to the No Green pass, of failing to defend workers, who have been forced to have a certificate to enter jobs since October 15, is busy. “How can a procession be allowed to start from Piazza del Popolo and arrive at the Cigl headquarters? It is not enough to say that they are fascists, we must prevent them from acting undisturbed by any means. No dialogue with those who attack the trade union offices »tweeted Marco Bentivogli, former general secretary of the metalworkers federation.
The unauthorized procession breaks through the police and financial police cordon in Largo Brazil, after passing through Villa Borghese. The national leader of Forza Nuova Roberto Fiore is still leading it, flanked by Giuliano Castellino. It is after 6 pm when the police explode several shots of tear gas to prevent the assault on Palazzo Chigi. Officers barricade access to the back door of the Parliament building. Then it is once again the turn of the fire hydrants, but the demonstrators do not give up and respond to the charges by throwing everything. A war. At the head of the demonstrators always exponents of Forza Nuova, determined to challenge the police despite the fact that many are asking to demonstrate peacefully. Half an hour later traffic on the Tiber is blocked by occupying the Margherita bridge, the crossing on the river at Piazza del Popolo. In via del Corso demonstrators and police forces face each other. Dozens of people were taken to the police station, some injured were rescued but none are in serious condition. The roles and position of those arrested are being examined by the investigators. A unique direction, according to the investigators who investigate the clashes. Hundreds of videos are in the hands of the men of the Digos who will have to identify those responsible for what happened.