Green pass at the start, Italy does not stop. Draghi: “It went well”

Green pass at the start, Italy does not stop. Draghi: “It went well”
Green pass at the start, Italy does not stop. Draghi: “It went well”

It thundered so much that it didn’t rain. No “Black Friday” on the day the Green pass comes into force in all workplaces and for 23 million employees (starting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi who showed it this morning as he entered Palazzo Chigi). Italy has worked as in the other days: trains have traveled, buses have transported commuters, public offices have opened their doors, and assembly lines have been counted on to suspend production. Even the much higher than normal demand for tampons was met without major problems. For the president of Confindustria Carlo Bonomi, the sense of responsibility prevailed. If we had played tennis, the match between the government and the “No Green Pass” would have ended at 6 to 0 for Palazzo Chigi were it not for some peak on the absenteeism front witnessed by the surge – however not even exaggerated – of certificates of illness sent to INPS.

Green pass, first day: no triumphalism

Mario Draghi’s staff did not show triumphalism but a certain amount of satisfaction of the premier in the face of the good functioning of the country leaked out, seasoned by the serenity ensured by the all in all orderly, democratic and even festive conduct of dozens of demonstrations. At the end of the day, the government’s willingness to evaluate an increase in the tax credit for companies that have decided or will decide to pay tampons to the “diehards” no vax remains on the table. But no imminent decisions are expected on this front while the Ministry of Health has decided to accept as valid the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines made by Italian citizens abroad. The parties, primarily the League, have said they want to change the text of the decree establishing the obligation to pass.

The protests

But let’s go back to the protests. Dozens of micro-demonstrations took place all over Italy, the most crowded in Trieste and Rome with the participation of a few thousand people, but not even the shadow of blockages and disasters.
In the general surprise of the media, even the port of Trieste worked and the confederal unions reiterated that they do not strike. The election of the port of Trieste, geographically peripheral, at the epicenter of a national popular protest, appeared quite paradoxical. And to say that up to 24 hours ago in the intentions of the “No Green Pass” port of the Julian capital, the port of Trieste had to be blocked for weeks to “leave the other countries without goods that will convince Italy to withdraw this provision”, as is arrived to declare, with unknown candor among the Italian trade unionists, the Trieste leader of the protest, Stefano Puzzer. Which, among other things, will have to contend with the Commission’s investigation into the strikes that heralds heavy fines.

A flop then? A maxi-joke, as the president of the port said? In the war of words, the “No Green Pass” got a huge space and they are happy about it. But according to the great majority of observers, they have shown for the umpteenth time strategic paucity and anarchist fragmentation. What happened yesterday confirms the marginality of the “No Green Pass” in the face of the 46 million vaccinated people who make Italians one of the people most seriously committed to the war against Covid-19, as the New York Times acknowledged yesterday. It is no coincidence that at Palazzo Chigi the idea of ​​increasing the quota of vaccinated people to 90% is being cherished. The marginality of the “No Green Passes” emerged precisely in the choice of Trieste, a very Italian city (and port), but certainly not the heart of our logistics. And in any case yesterday it was understood that the crisis at the Trieste airport would be seized as an opportunity by the competing Slovenian airports, from the South. The protest – peaceful and even embellished by the gift of bouquets of flowers to the police – has thus taken a turn anomalous and “sweet”. In some moments the televisions, which followed the protests live all morning, seemed to broadcast an event that had the features of a maxi-party of high schoolers looking for a center of gravity.


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