The picture shows the moments when some activists of the suspicious environmental movement known as ‘Extinction Rebellion’ are forcibly removed from the road by Italian drivers, after they had blocked an important highway in the capital.
The protesters had found time to sit in the middle of Rome’s main ring road, the Raccordo – holding their own banners and creating massive traffic queues.
A video from the wide street showed demonstrators using the first tactics also in other European countries, causing long queues of traffic, where surprisingly no officers or police vehicles were seen.
So the nervous Italian drivers in the front line, got out of their vehicles dragging the protesters on the asphalt, throwing them on the side of the road.
One of the drivers tore down their orange banner and tossed it across the highway barrier.
While a woman was still carrying her handbag, she tore a second banner from the activists, taking it from their hands.
Other drivers then joined the attempt to evacuate the protesters by pulling them by the arms to let the vehicles pass on the road.
But after the initial departure, activists protesting with ordinary drivers who could not influence environmental policies again found the opportunity to sit in the middle of the road in front of traffic.
And when the crossing was blocked again a man is seen pulling a protesting woman by the hair leaving her on the side of the road.
But she still was not discouraged as she was placed in front of the traffic again.
The Italian daily Corriere Dello Sport wrote that the young protesters called themselves a branch of the protesters called the “Last Generation”.
The group says it opposes the extraction of fossil fuels and coal-fired power plants.
By the end of the video the protesters are seen not giving up their efforts, blocking at least part of the road.
Corriere Dello Sport wrote that the protest ended with the arrival of local police when some of the protesters were taken away by them.