Covid: Thousands take to the streets in Basel and Rome to demand scrapping of restrictions 

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in European cities to protest against Covid-19 vaccines and other regulations.

Protesters gathered in Rome to protest against Covid-19 vaccine passports but were blasted with water cannons as they clashed with police officers during the ‘No Green Pass’ on Saturday.

Elsewhere, demonstrators gathered in Basel, Switzerland, to protest against the Covid-19 vaccine and civil restrictions after the Government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to enter some public places. 

In Rome, thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome’s Via Veneto and other main streets on Saturday.

Demonstrators gathered in Basel, Switzerland, to protest after the Government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to enter public places

Demonstrators gathered in Basel, Switzerland, to protest after the Government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to enter public places

Demonstrators gathered in Basel, Switzerland, to protest after the Government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to enter public places

Elsewhere, protesters gathered in Rome to protest against Covid-19 vaccine passports but were blasted with water cannons as they clashed with police officers

Elsewhere, protesters gathered in Rome to protest against Covid-19 vaccine passports but were blasted with water cannons as they clashed with police officers

Elsewhere, protesters gathered in Rome to protest against Covid-19 vaccine passports but were blasted with water cannons as they clashed with police officers

In Rome, thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome's Via Veneto and other main streets on Saturday, but were blasted with water cannons used by police officers

In Rome, thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome's Via Veneto and other main streets on Saturday, but were blasted with water cannons used by police officers

In Rome, thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome’s Via Veneto and other main streets on Saturday, but were blasted with water cannons used by police officers

ROME: The groups were protesting a government rule requiring Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests to access workplaces next week

ROME: The groups were protesting a government rule requiring Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests to access workplaces next week

ROME: The groups were protesting a government rule requiring Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests to access workplaces next week

The certification in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome), known as a 'Green Pass,' takes effect on Friday and applies to public and private workplaces

The certification in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome), known as a 'Green Pass,' takes effect on Friday and applies to public and private workplaces

The certification in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome), known as a ‘Green Pass,’ takes effect on Friday and applies to public and private workplaces

A demonstrator scuffles with police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

A demonstrator scuffles with police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

A demonstrator scuffles with police officers during a protest against the government’s introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the government’s introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ near Chigi Palace in Rome

The groups were protesting a government rule requiring Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests to access workplaces next week. 

The certification in Italy, known as a ‘Green Pass,’ takes effect on Friday and applies to public and private workplaces.

To get the passport, residents must either have had at least one Covid vaccine dose, document recovery from the illness in the last six months or test negative in the previous 48 hours.

Both employees and employers risk fines if they do not comply with the rules, causing outrage and protests across the Italian capital.

Workers in the public sector can be suspended if they show up five times without a Green Pass.  

This summer, Green Passes were required in Italy to enter museums, theatres, gyms and indoor restaurants, and take long-distance trains and buses or domestic flights.

Both employees and employers in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome) risk fines if they do not comply with the rules, causing outrage and protests across the Italian capital

Both employees and employers in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome) risk fines if they do not comply with the rules, causing outrage and protests across the Italian capital

Both employees and employers in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome) risk fines if they do not comply with the rules, causing outrage and protests across the Italian capital

Protesters attend during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square, Rome

Protesters attend during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square, Rome

Protesters attend during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square, Rome

Several hundred people attended the protest called upon by extreme-right party Forza Nuova (FN) and no-vax chat channel Basta Dittatura to scrap the so-called Green Pass

Several hundred people attended the protest called upon by extreme-right party Forza Nuova (FN) and no-vax chat channel Basta Dittatura to scrap the so-called Green Pass

Several hundred people attended the protest called upon by extreme-right party Forza Nuova (FN) and no-vax chat channel Basta Dittatura to scrap the so-called Green Pass

Police officers line up as demonstrators protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Police officers line up as demonstrators protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Police officers line up as demonstrators protest against the government’s introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ near Chigi Palace in Rome

SWITZERLAND: Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine in Basel

SWITZERLAND: Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine in Basel

SWITZERLAND: Protesters and members of the ‘Freiheitstrychler’ group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine in Basel

This summer, Green Passes were required in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome) to enter museums, theatres, gyms and indoor restaurants, and take long-distance trains and buses

This summer, Green Passes were required in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome) to enter museums, theatres, gyms and indoor restaurants, and take long-distance trains and buses

This summer, Green Passes were required in Italy (pictured: protest in Rome) to enter museums, theatres, gyms and indoor restaurants, and take long-distance trains and buses

Police officers approach a demonstrator protesting against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Police officers approach a demonstrator protesting against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Police officers approach a demonstrator protesting against the government’s introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ near Chigi Palace in Rome 

A toy baby was impaled with various syringes as a statement amid the protest in Popolo square, Rome, Italy

A toy baby was impaled with various syringes as a statement amid the protest in Popolo square, Rome, Italy

A toy baby was impaled with various syringes as a statement amid the protest in Popolo square, Rome, Italy

Policemen clash with the 'No Green Pass' protesters in the centre of Rome after they went on an unauthorised protest

Policemen clash with the 'No Green Pass' protesters in the centre of Rome after they went on an unauthorised protest

Policemen clash with the ‘No Green Pass’ protesters in the centre of Rome after they went on an unauthorised protest

Since August 6, in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services, everyone over the age of 12 in Italy needs to present a green pass

Since August 6, in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services, everyone over the age of 12 in Italy needs to present a green pass

Since August 6, in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services, everyone over the age of 12 in Italy needs to present a green pass

Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Protesters and members of the ‘Freiheitstrychler’ group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Demonstrators held an authorised protest in Piazza Del Popolo on Saturday, which saw groups of people waving the Italian flag and marching down streets

Demonstrators held an authorised protest in Piazza Del Popolo on Saturday, which saw groups of people waving the Italian flag and marching down streets

Demonstrators held an authorised protest in Piazza Del Popolo on Saturday, which saw groups of people waving the Italian flag and marching down streets

But protesters clashed with police after leaving the square and going on an unauthorised march, which saw them blasted with water cannons. Pictured: Protester is arrested

But protesters clashed with police after leaving the square and going on an unauthorised march, which saw them blasted with water cannons. Pictured: Protester is arrested

But protesters clashed with police after leaving the square and going on an unauthorised march, which saw them blasted with water cannons. Pictured: Protester is arrested

Several hundred people attended the protest called upon by extreme-right party Forza Nuova (FN) and no-vax chat channel Basta Dittatura to scrap the so-called Green Pass.

Demonstrators held an authorised protest in Piazza Del Popolo on Saturday, which saw groups of people waving the Italian flag and marching down streets as they protested against the Covid regulations.

But protesters clashed with police after leaving the square and going on an unauthorised march, which saw them blasted with water cannons.

Dramatic photographs showed police in helmets and carrying shields and batons, blocking the groups from marching down a street that runs past Premier Mario Draghi’s office. 

On October 8, the Italian Government gave green light for indoor night clubs to reopen at 50 per cent capacity from October 11 and for cultural venues to reopen at full capacity. 

But clubbers will have to have the Green Pass vaccine passport to enter the establishments, which are only allowed to open if they are in a low Covid risk white zones.

As of Saturday, 80 per cent of those 12 and older have been fully vaccinated in Italy. 

Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Protesters and members of the ‘Freiheitstrychler’ group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Dramatic photographs showed police in helmets and carrying shields and batons, blocking the groups from marching down a street that runs past Premier Mario Draghi's office

Dramatic photographs showed police in helmets and carrying shields and batons, blocking the groups from marching down a street that runs past Premier Mario Draghi's office

Dramatic photographs showed police in helmets and carrying shields and batons, blocking the groups from marching down a street that runs past Premier Mario Draghi’s office

A dog had a sign adorned to it which read 'no green pass' as demonstrators gathered in Popolo square in Rome on Saturday

A dog had a sign adorned to it which read 'no green pass' as demonstrators gathered in Popolo square in Rome on Saturday

A dog had a sign adorned to it which read ‘no green pass’ as demonstrators gathered in Popolo square in Rome on Saturday

As of Saturday, 80 per cent of those 12 and older have been fully vaccinated in Italy. Pictured: Demonstrators clash against anti-riot police officers during a protest in Rome

As of Saturday, 80 per cent of those 12 and older have been fully vaccinated in Italy. Pictured: Demonstrators clash against anti-riot police officers during a protest in Rome

As of Saturday, 80 per cent of those 12 and older have been fully vaccinated in Italy. Pictured: Demonstrators clash against anti-riot police officers during a protest in Rome

Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group were seen marching down the streets brandishing placards and waving flags and banners in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday

Protesters and members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group were seen marching down the streets brandishing placards and waving flags and banners in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday

Protesters and members of the ‘Freiheitstrychler’ group were seen marching down the streets brandishing placards and waving flags and banners in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday 

Elsewhere in Switzerland, thousands of demonstrators also took to the streets of Basel as they protested against civil restrictions and the Covid vaccine.

Protesters and members of the ‘Freiheitstrychler’ group were seen marching down the streets brandishing placards and waving flags and banners  

It comes after the government made it mandatory since September 13 to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to access public places including restaurants and museums and public events.

Meanwhile, three Vatican Swiss Guards who have refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19 upon Holy See orders have voluntarily left the storied corps to return to Switzerland, a Swiss Guard official has said.

Earlier this month, Lieutenant Urs Breitenmoser said all Swiss Guards had been asked to be vaccinated ‘to protect their health and that of the others they come into contact with as part of their service’. 

‘Three members of the Guard have chosen not to adhere to that request, voluntarily leaving the corps,’ Breitenmoser said.

Three other guardsmen are temporarily suspended from duty while they await vaccination, he said.

The prime duty of the all-male corps, with its coluorful uniforms and plumed helmets, is to protect the pontiff.

The members stand guard during papal ceremonies as well as at the various entrances of the tiny, independent walled city state near Rome’s Tiber River.

Pope Francis, who has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has repeatedly stressed the altruistic and health value of receiving the shots during the pandemic. 

The protest in Basel, Switzerland, came after the government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to access public places

The protest in Basel, Switzerland, came after the government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to access public places

The protest in Basel, Switzerland, came after the government made it mandatory to have a Covid certificate for vaccination or negative test to access public places

A protester was seen wearing a face mask with two holes torn out of it over his eyes as he protested Covid vaccine regulations in Rome on Saturday

A protester was seen wearing a face mask with two holes torn out of it over his eyes as he protested Covid vaccine regulations in Rome on Saturday

A protester was seen wearing a face mask with two holes torn out of it over his eyes as he protested Covid vaccine regulations in Rome on Saturday

Policemen clash with the 'No Green Pass' protesters in the centre of Rome on Saturday

Policemen clash with the 'No Green Pass' protesters in the centre of Rome on Saturday

Policemen clash with the ‘No Green Pass’ protesters in the centre of Rome on Saturday

Police officers were seen brandishing batons and apparently hitting protesters with them after they went on an unauthorised protest in Rome

Police officers were seen brandishing batons and apparently hitting protesters with them after they went on an unauthorised protest in Rome

Police officers were seen brandishing batons and apparently hitting protesters with them after they went on an unauthorised protest in Rome

Demonstrators face off police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators face off police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators face off police officers during a protest against the government’s introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the government's introduction of the "Green Pass" near Chigi Palace in Rome

Demonstrators clash with police officers during a protest against the government’s introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ near Chigi Palace in Rome

Since August 6, in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services, everyone over the age of 12 in Italy needs to present a Covid 'Green Pass' health certificate

Since August 6, in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services, everyone over the age of 12 in Italy needs to present a Covid 'Green Pass' health certificate

Since August 6, in order to be allowed access to certain activities and services, everyone over the age of 12 in Italy needs to present a Covid ‘Green Pass’ health certificate

Members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Members of the 'Freiheitstrychler' group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Members of the ‘Freiheitstrychler’ group during a demonstration against civil restrictions and the coronavirus vaccine, in Basel, Switzerland

Police clashes with demonstrators during a protest against Covid regulations in Rome on Saturday

Police clashes with demonstrators during a protest against Covid regulations in Rome on Saturday

Police clashes with demonstrators during a protest against Covid regulations in Rome on Saturday

The government on October 8 gave green light for indoor night clubs to reopen at 50 percent capacity from 11 October and for cultural venues to reopen at full capacity

The government on October 8 gave green light for indoor night clubs to reopen at 50 percent capacity from 11 October and for cultural venues to reopen at full capacity

The government on October 8 gave green light for indoor night clubs to reopen at 50 percent capacity from 11 October and for cultural venues to reopen at full capacity

The leader of ultra-right wing movement AREA, Giuliano Castellino, during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square in Rome

The leader of ultra-right wing movement AREA, Giuliano Castellino, during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square in Rome

The leader of ultra-right wing movement AREA, Giuliano Castellino, during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square in Rome

Protesters with a banner defacing Premier Draghi, during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square, Rome

Protesters with a banner defacing Premier Draghi, during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square, Rome

Protesters with a banner defacing Premier Draghi, during a protest against the Green Pass in Popolo square, Rome

Policemen use water cannon during clashes between the Police and the "No Green Pass" protesters in the centre of Rome

Policemen use water cannon during clashes between the Police and the "No Green Pass" protesters in the centre of Rome

Policemen use water cannon during clashes between the Police and the ‘No Green Pass’ protesters in the centre of Rome

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