‘We’ll send flamethrowers!’ Furious Italian mayors confront coronavirus rule breakers

Exasperated governors and mayors across Italy have resorted to strong messages and threats to Italian citizens who continue to ignore Government-imposed lockdown rules to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Many of them have been giving daily video updates to residents of their towns and regions finding themselves forced to use strong language as they battle with those who still fail to stay at home as ordered by the Italian Government. 

In a video recorded for the region of Campania, President of the southern Italian region Vincenzo De Luca, threatened those planning to throw graduation parties with police armed with flamethrowers coming to their house. 

He said: “I’m getting news that some would like to throw graduation parties.

“We will send the police over. But we will send them over with flamethrowers.”

Cateno De Luca, Mayor of Messina, in Sicily, also threatened his citizens in a video message. 

He said: “I’m going to catch you. Tomorrow, not in a year. Tomorrow!

“I’m the Mayor. You won’t stroll in my town.

“I can’t formally ban you from leaving your house?

“Fine. I will ban you from stepping on public soil.”

Antonio Decaro, Mayor of Bari, lashed out at those using their dogs as an excuse to get out of the house more than necessary. 

He blasted: “I’m going to address you all. Where the f**k are you all going?

“You and your dogs that must have an inflamed prostate?”

And Massimiliano Presciutti, Mayor of Gualdo Tadino, Perugia, can be seen in a video approaching two people playing ping pong outside. 

He said: “You can’t play ping pong. Go home. Play some video games.

“I’m the mayor of this city, here I will make you follow the rules.

“I don’t want to hear excuses, you must go home.

“You all have to stay home.”

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And to someone else in a square of his town, Mr Presciutti said: “How can I spell it out? You can’t stay in the streets.

“A club. We need their girlfriends with a club.”

Appearing much calmer than the others, Giuseppe Falcomatà, Mayor of Reggio Calabria, in the Southern region of Calabria, joked: “I saw a fellow citizen amiably jog up and down the street accompanied by a dog that was visibly worn out.

“I stopped him and told him: ‘Look, this isn’t a movie. You are not Will Smith in I Am Legend. So go home!’”

Italy is the worst-hit country in the world by coronavirus, with 59,138 and 5,476 deaths. 

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