EPOCH TIMES: Italy’s New Mandatory Vaccine Law Will Fuel A Populist Backlash

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Autism Investigated Note: A new day, a new epoch! Autism Investigated’s editor breaks his two-year hiatus from contributing to The Epoch Times to describe Italy’s growing populist movement against mandatory vaccination.

On July 28, a new law passed final approval in Italian parliament that will impose steep fines, school segregation and exclusion from daycare on families who refuse to vaccinate their children according to the Ministry of Health’s schedule.

In the months leading up to the law’s passage, the measure was met with stiff resistance and mass protest by opponents who correctly argue that the law would infringe on their personal liberties. With a strong populist opposition movement already surging in Italy—which opposed the new law—voters will undoubtedly be thinking about this law when they vote in next year’s Italian election.

Italy’s 5 Star Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle, or M5S for short) has been surging in Italian election polls and is already neck-and-neck with the ruling party: Italy’s very own Democratic Party (Partico Democratico).

M5S’s leader Beppe Grillo, like President Donald Trump, had already made a name for himself on television long before entering politics. A professional comedian, Grillo’s specialty was political satire. But M5S is no more a satire than Trump’s campaign was a reality show; M5S is now the most formidable populist opposition party in Europe.

Last December, M5S played a major role in opposing constitutional changes proposed by then-Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. They were voted down in a referendum by a 60 percent majority, resulting in Renzi’s resignation. Yet Renzi’s Democratic Party is still bold enough to lead the push for national vaccine mandates, despite what also happened in America.

Renzi’s political counterpart Barack Obama denied there were any reasons to not get vaccinated. Hillary Clinton made it clear in a tweet to her millions of followers that vaccination should not be questioned. California’s Democratic Party was also behind a state law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in June 2015 that stripped away religious and philosophical exemptions from vaccination.

By contrast, America’s own populist candidate Donald Trump said on a debate stage in front of millions of viewers that he supported spacing out vaccines and that he believed this would have a huge impact on autism. His then-opponent, former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Ben Carson agreed with Trump about spacing vaccines out. Carson also later endorsed Trump during the primaries.

The voters who elected Trump and rejected Clinton knew where both candidates stood on vaccinations. Similarly, Italian voters will head to the ballots in next year’s election knowing that Italy’s populists stood up for their vaccine exemption rights while Italy’s Democrats stripped them away.

Jake Crosby is editor of the website Autism Investigated. Crosby has a masters in Public Health in epidemiology. In 2016, he worked as both a campaign field representative and as a volunteer to elect President Trump and other GOP candidates. He has also made freelance contributions to the Autism Media Channel and the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Epoch Times.

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7 Thoughts on “EPOCH TIMES: Italy’s New Mandatory Vaccine Law Will Fuel A Populist Backlash

  1. Hans Litten on August 29, 2017 at 9:21 am said:


    See the heart wrenching picture .

    Any word on the once famous French resistance ?

  2. If they really want to stop this insanity, they need a shortlist of the people who played the biggest roles in the creation of this dubiously crafted mandate. And they need to hold these protests, on the front lawns of where those people live.

    It might not change this mandate. But it will definitely make it harder to buy the influence required to draft the next one

    • Hans Litten on September 1, 2017 at 10:55 am said:

      Apparently in France 15% are completely unvaccinated .
      And there new mandate law from Rothschild\Macron comes in 01Jan2018
      11 vaccines . Not sure which ones .
      Imprisonment is on the table if parents refuse . Seriously. Fines also planned .
      Where is the famous French Resistance ? I don’t know if they amounted to much in WW2 either .

      Good news about Macrons approval rating . Which has completely collapsed\plummeted .
      And he spends $30,000 a month on his make-up .
      and his statements about being a jupiterian or kinglike figure? What kind of person is this ?

  3. Hans Litten on September 3, 2017 at 9:29 am said:

    In 2014 A PhD immunologist and vaccine proponent stated during a conference for health professionals that babies are vaccinated from birth to age one, in order to ‘train the parents’ to introduce their children into the medical system, and that the vaccines administered at this point in their developing immune system … are all but worthless.


  4. Hans Litten on September 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm said:

    Informed Parents Irl presented at Pearse Street Gardai Station this morning, on foot of allegations levelled at them by the HSE of being Emotional Terrorists. The group have made an official complaint to An Gardai Siochana at the use of the word Terrorists to describe their information campaign on the HPV vaccine . The group have been providing the Patient Information Leaflet from the manufacturer of the vaccine.

    Irish Gardasil situation worsening after the collapse of HPVaccine uptake .
    Rates have fallen to 50% according to the criminoThorities . I’d suggest the truth is 10%

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