Police State/Civil Liberties

Italians launched fireworks at a police helicopter sent to break up an Easter rooftop barbecue

To appropriate an expression from the Obama era: Yes, we can.

Helicopters belonging to the Italian Police, Armed Forces and Armed Corps are regularly involved in Covid-19 patrol missions: When they spot suspect gatherings of people possibly breaching social distancing regulations and being out for no authorised reason, they direct ground teams to intercept them.

Videos emerged in the last weeks have shown police helicopters flying low over the beaches of Southern Italy where some people were sunbathing in spite of the nationwide lockdown imposed since last month.

However, what has happened on April 12, during Easter Sunday, in Palermo, on the northwestern coast of the Italian island of Sicily, is almost unbelievable.

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