Armed Police Guard Stores in Italy as Looting Breaks Out
Civil unrest is brewing after weeks of lockdown in hardest hit country
Looting has begun to break out in Italy, prompting armed police to start guarding stores, according to reports.
After weeks of lockdown, in the country hardest hit by the deadly Chinese coronavirus, Italian residents are becoming frustrated and civil unrest is brewing.
On the island of Sicily, police armed with guns and batons are now guarding grocery stores and markets.
Locals, who can longer afford to feed themselves, have started loot stores and carry out planned raids just to get food.
Italy has so far recorded over 100,000 cases of COVID-19 and has a death toll of around 12,500.
According to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University, Italy's dead account for almost a third of the global death toll.
Days ago at a supermarket in Palermo, after fillings their carts with groceries, a group of locals ran out of the store without paying, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.
“We have no money to pay, we have to eat,” the group allegedly shouted at the cashiers.
In Modugno, a town in the metropolitan city of Bari, three armed men kidnapped the driver of a food truck before stealing all of the goods out of the back of his truck.
In the commune of Cesa, not far from Naples, a supermarket was looted during the middle of the night.
Last week in Rome, two men attempted to steal bags filled with groceries from a car just parked by a woman.
The two men were arrested by authorities after they tried and failed to break the door of the women’s car to access the food.
As the coronavirus death toll in Italy continues to surge, Italians have begun rising up against globalism and demanding to leave the European Union over the EU's response to the Chinese virus pandemic.
The devastation is now leading Italians to question the value of globalism and, more specifically, asking what benefit their European Union membership gives them.
The anti-EU sentiment is now soaring for following Britain's Brexit and getting out and going it alone.
Italian politicians are ramping up discussions about quitting the European Union as citizens begin burning EU flags.