“I Am Open”: 50,000 Italian Restaurant Owners Plan to Ignore LockdownFri 3:06 pm Europe/London, 15 Jan 2021
Huge act of civil disobedience plans to conduct business as usual inspite of “anti-Covid” measures
Spreading through social media under the hashtag #IoOpro (“I am opening”), the movement is largest country-wide act of civil disobedience since lockdowns began.
Italain opposition MP Vittorio Sgarbi has backed the movement, saying in an interview:
Open up, & don’t worry, in the end we will make them eat their fines”.
Italy’s government is already facing internal conflict and crisis, an early election is a possibility.
A similar movement already started in Mexico on January 12th, when hundreds of restaurant owners gathered to protest the lockdowns:
The “I am Open” protest is spreading across Europe as well, with variants already taking hold in German-speaking Switzerland (#Wirmachenauf) and Poland (#OtwieraMY).
It’s good to be reminded that, no matter how much it looks like the new normal is spreading unopposed, it’s not. People all over the world are resisting where they can. That’s what “Covid Positive” is all about.
To follow the progress of this movement we recommended following Robin Monotti and the It’s Time to Rise accounts on twitter and other platforms.
If you know of any other good accounts to follow, or planned protests, post them below and we will add them to list here.
“I Am Open”: 50,000 Italian Restaurant Owners Plan to Ignore Lockdown