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Protesters clashed with police during anti-lockdown rallies in Ireland, while Italy has increased coronavirus restrictions in five regions as cases increase. Irish authorities condemned Saturday’s protests in Dublin, which resulted in a number of arrests. Hundreds of protesters, many of them not wearing masks, marched through the city center, where the police are overwhelming. Video shows a demonstrator directing fireworks at police before exploding, while other items are thrown at officers. “Pure thuggery on the streets of Dublin today,” Irish Minister of Education and Higher Education Simon Harris tweeted. “This is not a ‘protest’. This is an attack on our national efforts.” The harassment directed at the Gardai (police) is disgusting and humiliating. Embarrassing. “Ireland has been in stage five of a lockdown since Christmas and about 4,300 people have so far died from COVID-19 in the country. Meanwhile, the Italian regions of Basilicata and Molise on Saturday were elevated to Italy’s red zone level four of the COVID-19 restriction system. This means that all but essential shops must close and movement is severely restricted in the area. Three regions have also been moved from the yellow to orange zone – Lombardy, Piedmont and Marche – and now bars and restaurants are closed except for take-out. That comes after a spike in cases in Italy, with more than 20,000 new daily cases and a 35 percent increase over the past five days compared to the previous week. Also on Saturday, a prison in Belgium was placed on lockdown after half of 132 inmates tested positive for COVID-19, the Belga news agency reported. staff at Namur prison also tested positive. “The prisoners received warm food and hygiene products enis to clean their cells, “a spokesman for the prison administration was quoted as saying. One detainee was at the hospital, the spokesman said. The detainees have been tested after positive cases were detected earlier this month. Australian Associated Press


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