Anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in Italy today while French Catholics called for the right to worship as protests against Covid have erupted across Europe.
Angry protesters stood in front of riot officials in Rome this afternoon, yelling and singing to express their frustration at the recent regional lockdown by the Italian government.
Protests, meanwhile, were taking place across the country in France calling for the return of religious services after everyone was put on hold with the latest lockdown restrictions.
Protesters clashed with Italian police in Piazza Venezia today as they demonstrated against the country's recent coronavirus lockdown measures, which have imposed a curfew
The protest soon became heated and protesters stood outside the Italian police barricade while others lit torches in the streets
In other parts of France, several protests took place across the country calling for the return of religious services after recent restrictions temporarily suspended them. Demonstrators gathered in several places, many holding signs that read “We want mass”.
Angry protesters fought with riot officials in the Italian capital, yelling and singing to express their frustration at the recent regional lockdown measures
The rally, organized by far-right groups including the ultra-right Forza Nuova and the No Mask movement, became heated and police held batons
While police officers wore masks and shields, many members of the demonstrators were not socially distant and did not wear masks
In the latest move to slow the spread of infections in Italy, new measures, which came into force on November 6, may result in people being away from home for work or health reasons only by December 3, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. allowed to go away
The latest lockdown measures in Italy, which came into force on November 6, mean that people for work-related or health reasons are only allowed to be out of the house from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until December 3.
At the demonstration, which was organized by far-right parties including the far-right Forza Nuova and the No Mask movement, large groups of people piled up in Rome's Piazza Venezia without reaching social distance – some wearing no masks.
Protesters attempted to run past the police barricade during the demonstration, which was attended by the leaders of Forza Nuova, Giuliano Castellino and Roberto Fiore, some armed with officers armed with batons and dressed in riot gear.
Antonio Pappalardo, former Brigadier General of Carabinieri and leader of the anti-establishment movement of Orange Jackets, was also pictured next to the group at the demonstration.
People were pictured being arrested by police and taken away from the place of protest in Piazza Venezia in Rome, including a man wearing only a mask over his mouth and holding a large banner
In addition to Forza Nuova and the No Mask movement, members of the Orange Jackets also took part in the protests in Rome, during which some protesters set off smoke grenades
Antonio Pappalardo (pictured), former Brigadier General of Carabinieri and leader of the Orange Jackets movement, attended the demonstration with his group
The anti-establishment leader of Orange Jackets spoke to crowds today at the protests in Rome, many of whom were standing close together and wearing no masks
Forza Nuova ultra-right leaders Giuliano Castellino (left) and Roberto Fiore (right) attended the protest.
Amid the chaos and demonstrations, a priest was celebrating a mass outside, attended by a large crowd who were not socially distant
In addition to clashes with the police, people were also seen waving Italian flags, holding up banners and setting off torches
Police officers waved batons as protesters shouted and tried to get through the wall that police had built to block the demonstration
The aggressive interactions with police included people waving Italian flags, holding banners, setting off torches, and a priest even celebrating mass.
There has been a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Italy, with more than 33,900 new infections and 546 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. This led the government to put new restrictions on its population to slow down the rate of infection.
In other parts of France, Catholic protesters held isolated demonstrations across France today with banners saying “Let's pray” and “We want mass”.
Italy has recorded over 33,900 new infections and 546 deaths in the past 24 hours, and it is hoped that the latest measures will help slow the spread of infections in the country
An Italian woman at the protest on the Piazza Venezia in Rome today hugged a police officer in provocation
In Nantes, a Catholic priest listened to a confession from a believer outside during a meeting to call for places of worship to be reopened during the lockdown
Catholic devotees gathered to attend a rally calling for the return of worship at Versailles outside Paris
Large crowds soon formed at Versailles outside Paris as people peacefully demanded the return of religious services, including mass
People of all ages wearing masks took to the streets of France to lobby for the service to continue during the second lockdown. Pictured: Protesters in Versailles outside Paris
Protesters are calling on authorities to relax coronavirus lockdown measures so the service can continue.
In the western city of Nantes, hundreds gathered in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary, some kneeling on the rain-soaked sidewalk, according to local broadcaster France Bleu.
Similar gatherings have been reported or planned in the eastern city of Strasbourg, in Bordeaux in the southwest, and outside the Saint Louis Cathedral in Versailles.
Catholic protesters held sporadic demonstrations across France today with banners saying “Let's pray” and “We want mass”. Pictured: The protester in Versailles holds a sign that reads "We Want Mass".
Large crowds gathered across the country, including Versailles (pictured), in hopes of encouraging the government to change the recent restrictions that have put an end to religious services
In the western city of Nantes, hundreds gathered in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary, some kneeling on the rain-soaked sidewalk, according to local broadcaster France Bleu. Pictured: protesters in Versailles, one with a sign that reads "We want crowd"
With more confirmed virus cases than in any other European country, predominantly Catholic France banned mass and other worship services for the month of November as part of national partial closure measures.
The new restrictions aim to contain infections and ease pressure on hospitals. Churches and other religious sites remain open for individual visitors to come and pray.
The French interior minister will meet with religious leaders on Monday to discuss when and how services could be re-allowed, particularly under pressure to allow Christmas ceremonies.
With more confirmed virus cases than in any other European country, predominantly Catholic France banned mass and other worship services for the month of November as part of national partial closure measures. Pictured: The protester in Versailles holds a sign that reads "Let's Unlock the Souls".
The new restrictions aim to contain infections and ease pressure on hospitals. Churches and other religious sites remain open for individual visitors to come and pray. Pictured: a protester in Versailles, France
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