Workers at the Roman Cemetery protested because they could no longer cope with the overcrowded morgue. They accused the government of inability to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
The person in charge of the cemetery said that there were 2,000 corpses piled up in the Roman crematorium alone, which could hold 50 people a day, while other cemeteries were overcrowded.
They said that some bodies have been in the refrigerator since the beginning of this year.
Giovanni Caciolli, president of the professional association, said: “Every other day, we are told that the cemetery is closed and there are no new dead to make room.
The city’s fun instrument company AMA said earlier this week that it is facing an unprecedented situation and is doing its best to ensure the safety of another 60,000 cemeteries.
According to the company’s data, from October 2020 to March 2021, the death toll was 4,763 more than the same period in 2019/2020, and this negative trend continued in April.
So far, 116,000 people with covid-19 have died in Italy. Most of them are in the north of the country, but more and more people are dying in central and southern Italy recently.
On Friday, protesters wreathed themselves in front of the Temple of Hercules near the city hall. It read on a wreath: “I’m sorry, but they don’t allow us to bury your loved ones.”
A Roman posted a poster in the town earlier this week, apologizing to his mother, who died in March, but her body is still in the refrigerator.
The poster read: “I’m sorry, mom, I haven’t buried you yet.”
Opposition politicians said that if the city government had heeded warnings that crematoriums needed to be modernized and expanded as early as 2017, this could have been avoided.