Over the past week, we have seen protests and riots break out across the United States. Crowds have gathered in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest the death of George Floyd.
Many Italians gathered over the weekend to show their support for the United States by holding protests of their own. Crowds gathered at the US Embassy in Milan wearing masks with the words ‘I can’t breathe’ written on them. There were also chants as well as individuals holding their hands around their necks to indicate strangulation.
Italy is just one of many countries where citizens have gathered in support of the protests happening in America.
On the flip side, other protests were happening in Italy as people gathered to voice their dissatisfaction with the way the government has been handling the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals, referred to as orange vest protesters, gathered in about 70 locations, with the biggest happening in Rome.
The protesters chanted that the pandemic was a hoax while they called for the existing government to step down and for a new election to be held.
These protestors had documented confrontations with law enforcement in both Milan and Rome.
Milan’s mayor, Beppe Sala, tweeted, “It is an act of irresponsibility in a city like Milan that is trying so hard to get out of the difficult situation.”