Italy: Rome hotel bans German and Dutch citizens amid COVID-19 pandemic

A hotel in Rome has shut its doors to citizens of Germany and the Netherlands, labelling them as «jackals» over accusations of unfair treatment of Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of Berlin and Amsterdam, as shown in footage from the Italian capital on Wednesday. The owner's husband, Valerio, showed a sign at the hotel's entrance reading «Jackals, Dutch citizens, German citizens, you... Еще are not welcome in this hotel.» Valerio said the choice was a reaction to some workers from a German real estate agency asking to rent out the hotel, which is located in the Eternal City's Aventino hill. Valerio went on to accuse Germany and the Netherlands of mistreating Italy, going as far back as citing an episode of Dutch football fans causing damage to Rome's famed Piazza Navona in February 2015. The hotel owner's husband also said the sign amounted to teasing, adding that he was not sure if Germans would get it since «they're German.» Valerio then said the hotel's empty rooms made him «want to cry,» as business still has to pick up following Italy's two-month coronavirus lockdown. Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic and started easing the world's longest virus lockdown on May 4.

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