Former Italian Prime Minister Assaulted by Anti-Vaxxer in Tuscany

Giuseppe Conte talks to the press at the Quirinale Presidential Palace after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome on Oct. 20, 2022.InternationalIndiaAfricaRome (Sputnik) – Giuseppe Conte, former Italian Prime Minister and leader of the opposition 5 Stelle (Five Star) Movement, was physically attacked by an anti-vaxxer in protest against lockdowns during the politician’s visit to the central Italian city of Massa, Italian media reported on Friday.The politician arrived in Massa on Friday evening to participate in his movement’s electoral campaign in the region of Tuscany. During an official appearance, a man came close to Conte pretending to want a handshake, and slapped him in the face, Italian news portal said.The assailant then started shouting accusations against Conte for his support of lockdowns and other measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic during his time as Italy’s prime minister, according to the report.WorldWHO Not Designating COVID-19 as Public Health Emergency of Int’l Concern Anymore5 May, 13:42 GMTThe law enforcement officials immediately detained the assailant, Giulio Milani, 52, a known member of the no-vax movement and a candidate for the municipal elections in Tuscany, the news portal said.

"Dissent is legitimate, but this violent demonstration is outside the democratic context," Conte said after the incident, according to an Italian news portal.

Incumbent Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, as well as a number of cabinet members and politicians, expressed their solidarity with Conte.


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