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Protesters in Italy claimed authorities rigged a so-called live webcam to show an empty plaza in downtown Trieste as it was filled with protesters against the vaccine passport warrant.

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On Monday evening, crowds gathered in Piazza Unita d’Italia in Trieste to protest against the government’s imposition of a “green pass”. The government had legally required all workers to be vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 test within the previous 48 hours.

Videos from the square showed hundreds of people staging a sit-in in the northern Italian city, however, as one of the protesters pointed out in a widely shared video, the city’s webcam showed suggested that the place was almost empty.

The footage begins with the camera focusing on a protester’s phone in which the live broadcast from SkylineWebcams.com is broadcast for Piazza Unita d’Italia in Trieste. The empty square, as seen on the live webcam, appears to contrast sharply with reality, as the protester rotates his camera to show hundreds of people present in Piazza Unita d’Italia.

Protesters and others online accused Italian authorities of tampering with the webcam to ensure information about the unrest did not go far.

Others pointed to other gaps between the live webcam and the scenes in the plaza.

Authorities in Trieste did not say whether the feed was tampered with or if a problem had occurred.
The town on the country’s border with Slovenia has been a hot spot for protests against the imposition of the so-called “green pass”. Protest sit-ins have continued since Friday, when the pass was introduced. Police clashed with protesters in the city’s port on Monday. Water cannons and tear gas were used to disperse protesters who vowed to paralyze the city.

According to Stefano Puzzer of the Coordination of Port Workers of Trieste, some 40% of port workers in Trieste are not vaccinated. The figure is not representative of the general Italian population, in which more than 80% of people over 12 are fully vaccinated.

The “green pass” was implemented last Friday, after being voted on in September.

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