load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);WORLD / CROSS-BORDERSItaly police battle virus protestsIncreasing gloom as global economy faces grim prospectsBy AFPPublished: Oct 28, 2020 04:48 PMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);People wave Italian flags as they protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Rome on Tuesday. Photo: AFPItalian police fired teargas at demonstrators protesting virus restrictions on Tuesday for the second night running, as dire figures on global tourism and investment highlighted the devastating economic impact of the pandemic. Thousands protested again in Italian cities with the cry of “freedom” punctuated by clashes with police, with many traders and employees fearing a second wave economic slump as much as the rising virus numbers.The protesters are upset at the mandatory early closure of restaurants and other businesses. Some of the rallies have turned violent, particularly in Milan and Turin on Monday night.Late on Tuesday, the Italian government announced the release of five billion euros ($5.9 billion dollars) of funding for the worst hit professions.However, unhappiness over the measures in Italy and elsewhere in Europe – once again the global epicenter of the pandemic – is palpable among the business owners and residents who are once again facing lengthy restrictions as economies struggle to recover.The United Nations, which is battling its own outbreak, forcing it to halt all face-to-face meetings at its New York headquarters, published a slew of data laying bare the travails of the global economy.While the World Tourism Organization said tourism had collapsed by 70 percent this year leading to a $730-billion loss in revenues, the UNs trade body UNCTAD said foreign direct investment flows had fallen 49 percent.The grim economic outlook was compounded by continuing spikes in virus cases across Europe and beyond.Worldwide more than 1.1 million have died from the virus since it emerged in late 2019.AFPload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);RELATED ARTICLES Italian film retrospective in Shanghai marks 50th anniversary of China-Italy diplomatic tiesThe Italian Film Masters Retrospective exhibition kicked off on Thursday in Shanghai to celebrate the 50th anniversary of … Italy’s Huawei veto doesn’t reflect hardened European line The Italian government has reportedly vetoed a deal involving China’s 5G technology giant Huawei, following Sweden’s decision earlier … Italy protesters, police clash over virusItalian demonstrators staged Europe’s latest public rally against new anti-coronavirus restrictions early Sunday, as more countries tightened social …load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1204919;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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