Railway employees on Wednesday checked the 'Green Pass' of passengers who arrived for the journey, although children below 12 years of age have been exempted. On the first day of the Kovid pass, police have done checkups at stations in Italy, amid threats from protesters to disrupt high-speed trains. Green Pass, first used in Israel, is a paper document or app that proves that the holder has been fully vaccinated or cured of COVID. This gives them access to indoor restaurants, bars, cafes and other indoor venues. The "green pass" is now mandatory for domestic flights, ferries and long-distance or fast trains, as well as for schools and universities.
The No Wax movement said they would stop trains at more than 50 Italian stations and planned further action across Italy on Saturday. Despite garnering thousands of support on the Telegram Messenger app, there was no sign of trouble. Foreign Minister Mr. Luigi Di Maio has faced death threats online. He has condemned the atmosphere of hatred at the near launch. Security was beefed up at stations in Rome, Milan and Florence. "It is one thing to protest peacefully, but it is quite another to cause inconvenience to others," a senior home ministry official said. Green pass required till 31st December for high speed and long distance train services.
Health officials and politicians have been targeted on social media and there have been street protests condemning the "dictatorship". The unions have also condemned the protest movement and called for the safety of train passengers and employees. Former Education Minister Lucia Azzolina has been targeted on social media, and journalists including Rai News reporter Antonella Alba have been attacked by anti-vaccination protesters. Ms Alba suffered minor injuries when protesters grabbed her mobile phone.