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Doctor and MPs in Italy are assaulted after vaccination law is passed

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 02 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3721
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

A doctor and three MPs have been assaulted after protests in Italy against legislation requiring parents to vaccinate their children against 10 diseases by school age.

After the law passed through Italy’s lower house of parliament on Friday 28 July, anti-vaccine demonstrators assaulted three MPs outside the parliament building in Rome. The three parliamentarians—Elisa Mariano, Ludovico Vico, and Salvatore Capon of the ruling centre-left Democratic Party—were rescued by police officers from a mob shouting “killers.”

On 31 July it emerged that a man …

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