Five hundred Italian families have joined forces and demand 100 million euros in damages from the government. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), their argument: wrong political decisions would have resulted in the preventable death of their relatives from Covid-19.
They want the civil court in Rome to do justice to more than 6,500 people from the regions around Brescia and Bergamo who died of the corona during the first three waves of the pandemic. The plaintiffs believe they can prove that poor planning and decisions by the politically responsible were the causes of the avoidable death of the people.
The collective indictment follows an ongoing criminal investigation by the Bergamo prosecutor into the role of political officials during the onset of the pandemic. Former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Health Minister Roberto Speranza, among others, have already been questioned in Bergamo.
The criminal investigation, and now the collective civil charges, have damaged the credibility of those responsible in Milan, Rome and elsewhere, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, who claimed that Lombardy and then all of Italy were simply unlucky to be so unlucky at the start of the pandemic were severely affected by the coronavirus. After all, after the first shock, everything was essentially done right.
The plaintiffs in the civil case, on the other hand, argue that many deaths could have been avoided if more masks, disinfectants and protective equipment had been in place from the start and authorities in Bergamo and Brescia had imposed a lockdown earlier.