The Italian government recently announced a mandatory vaccine passport for both the public and private sectors and announced that workers that cannot show a vaccine passport will have their pay withheld.
The government decree will force about 23 million Italian workers to get a “Green Pass,” a COVID-19 vaccine certificate issued to those that have been vaccinated, recovered from the virus, or have a recent negative test. Some were concerned that unvaccinated workers would be fired.
However, on Wednesday, the government announced that those who do not comply with the order should not report to work but should not be suspended or fired. Instead, they should be considered to be on an unjustified absence and have their wages or salaries withheld.
The new vaccine mandate rules will be enforced on October 15, and last till December 31.
Those found to be working without a vaccine passport could be punished with fines of up to €1,500. Additionally, the government said it would not cater for the test costs for those who would prefer not to take the vaccine. Pharmacies will charge adults €15 for the tests and €8 for minors.
Those that have not recovered from the virus will need to get both doses of the vaccine, while those who have recovered from the virus will get the Green Pass after getting the first dose.
In Italy, violations of civil liberties are not the only concerns about vaccine passports. The Green Pass also tracks location, potentially violating privacy laws.
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Like the rest of the world, Italians have protested the vaccine passport system:
Italians protest against new Covid-19 pass
ROME (AFP) – Protests were held in a number of Italian cities on Saturday (Aug 7) against the introduction of new measures requiring proof of coronavirus status to attend indoor events and for teachers.
More than 1,000 people gathered in Piazza del Popolo in central Rome shouting “No Green Pass!” and “Freedom!”
Thousands more marched in Milan, with some wearing Star of David badges, like those worn by Jews in Nazi-era Germany, with the words “not vaccinated”, the Ansa news agency reported.
Around 100 people from the “No Vax” movement also gathered in Naples, objecting in particular to vaccinations for children, shouting “Hands off the children” and “Shame! Shame!”.
[NB – the reporter errs in called it a “no vaxx” movement; it is a freedom of medical choice movement]
The Green Pass, an extension of the EU’s digital Covid-19 certificate, became compulsory in Italy on Friday to enter cinemas, museums and indoor sports venues or to eat indoors at restaurants.
It proves bearers have either been vaccinated with at least one dose, have recovered from Covid-19 within the past six months, or have tested negative in the previous 48 hours.
School and university staff will need the pass, as will university students, while from Sept 1 it will be required on domestic flights and long-distance trains.
It is the latest tool used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 128,000 people dead in Italy and last year brought the economy to a shuddering halt.
[NB – the reporter fails to quote the protestors and scientists who question the Covid vaccine as a remedy]
A successful vaccination campaign has helped turn the tide in recent months, with more than 63 per cent of the population over the age of 12 now fully jabbed.
[NB – The reporter fails to report criticism of the jab given to young people who don’t need it, and for whom the risk is greater than from Covid-19 itself]
However, the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant is causing concern, with almost 7,000 new cases reported on Saturday.
[NB – The reporter typically fails to connect the Delta variant to the vaccine through ADE]
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Interestingly, Italy was the site of huge anti-mandatory vaccine protests in 2017 – at the time against mandatory vaccinations of children — really a different issue than the mRNA shots.
Italy is also the site of one of the worst illegal mass immigration crises, with hundreds of thousands North Africans pouring in on boats via the Mediterranean.
As of June, 2018, it is estimated that “700,000 migrants have arrived in Italy during the past five years” – mostly from North Africa.
This created a crisis because “there are not enough homes or jobs for Italians, let alone for half the African continent,” according to one official. It also created a severe culture clash between Italians and the African and Islamic cultures streaming in, leading some commentators to compare the fall of Rome due to the invasion of barbarians to the current invasion of migrants.
The problem is that under EU law, Italy can’t deport them, once landed, leading to a situation in which Sicily is said to be the “refugee camp of Europe.” Italy is the main European gateway for migrants.
Italy is now controlled by Communist China, having entered into a Belt & Road financial arrangement with the CCP. Italian media, like the media in the West, has been infiltrated by the CCP.
Italy is where the CCP staged a dramatic ‘pandemic’ crisis scene (complete with Hazmat suits) for the benefit of Western media, showing bodies in the streets, to create worldwide panic in early 2002 — leading to the lockdowns.
Italy was infected (perhaps deliberately) by the CCP, through thousands of Chinese workers there, to increase death tolls and showcase them to the world for propaganda purposes — and it worked. For example, the ABC News image of caskets below.
Whether the deaths were actually caused by Covid-19 or not is unknown, since the numbers reported in the media were inflated: only 12% of the reported deaths may have been Covid related.
Several news sites in March of 2020 did stories with the title “One belt, one road, one virus” — the point of which was to suggest that because of Italy’s close ties to China, the presence of its workers in that country meant the transmission of the SARs-Cov-2 virus to that country. The same idea for Iran, another BRI signees that had a high infection rate:
“OBOR [One Belt, One Road] is the brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe. Branded as the “Project of the Century”, OBOR is now the path to perdition for countries like Italy and Iran while Pakistan, which looks up to China as its all weather ally to trouble India, sits on a powder keg of coronavirus.”
Italy has been torn apart by competing forces of Fascism and Communism in the 20th century, as reflected in Bertolucci’s film 1900. It is now being torn apart by North Africa migrants, medical tyrants, and also cultural Marxism, this century.
Unfortunately, Catholic Italians have not had much solace from their spiritual leader during all this: just as the Vatican did not contest the Nazis in during World War II (allowing traditional Christian anti-Semitism to influence them), the Vatican is now complicity with the new fascist world world: he urges everyone to get the jab.
The Pope, who in the eyes of traditional Catholics is supposed to represent spiritual stability, has become an advocate of Marxist-influenced Liberation Theology, much to the dismay of traditional Catholics.
In 1917, three children in Fatima, Portugal, had a vision in of the Virgin Mary, who told them that in the future the Pope would be killed by arrows (called the Third Secret of Fatima). I have often wondered if the vision, if true, foretold a time when Roman Catholicism would be compromised by Marxism, as is happening now.
For example, in China, the agreement of the Vatican with the CCP has resulted in autocratic state control of the church by anti-Christian atheists. Not surprisingly, China betrayed its agreement with the Vatican.
Some Catholics (and evangelicals as well) believe that Marxism is rooted in Satanism. In other words, they see the struggles of this life in spiritual terms:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12)
With all that is going on in Italy, my heart goes out to the Italian people, who have had it worse than many.