Lockdown Protests Snowball as Europe's Libertarians Fret About Freedom - Voice of America

by voanews 04/09/2021

On the streets of Rome, frustrations with pandemic curbs boiled over this week as desperate protesters, many of them restaurant owners and small-business owners, complained that restrictions and repeated lockdowns aimed at suppressing the transmission of the coronavirus are ruining them.  "We can no longer go on like this," 51-year-old pizzeria owner Ermes Ferrari told reporters. "I just want to work." Outside the parliament in the Italian capital, protesters Tuesday called for an immediate end to Italy's grinding lockdown. At one point they clashed with riot police.


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The approval of Chile's president, right-wing Sebastián Piñera, fell to 14% in the midst of the worsening of the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, which is the most significant drop in recent months and the lowest level since December 2020, a poll revealed Monday.

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COPPER production from Anglo American’s Chile mines would be unaffected by a resurgence of Covid-19, said Reuters citing the UK-listed group’s country CEO, Aaron Puna. “No concerns at this point,” Puna told Reuters in an interview. “We’re expecting … we’ll deliver exactly as budgeted.” Anglo operates the Collahuasi and Los Broncos copper mines in Chile. […]

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After LATAM Brasil’s surprise announcement early this week that it would retire its entire Airbus A350-900 fleet, doubt was cast on the future of the airline’s long-haul fleet with the downsizing caused by slashing 11 aircraft from the airline’s portfolio. Today, any potential problems have likely been solved. Brazilian aviation news website Contato Radar reported that […]