On Good Friday, Kate Langbroek and her husband Pete Lewis ventured out of their home in Bologna, Italy, and headed to the supermarket to buy Easter eggs.
Speaking to FOX FM from Northern Italy, where her family has been in lockdown since the country closed down to all but essential services on March 9, Langbroek said the simple outing ended up in an “aggressive” run in with Italian police, who said she and Lewis were not allowed to be outside together.
“Italians have that knack. They can look at us and know we are not Italian,” she explained to radio hosts Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee.
Kate Langbroek on Italy’s lockdown. Post continues below video.
“I was so annoyed. I hate the one-size-fits-all rule. I said, ‘I’ve got four children at home, that’s a lot of food, that’s a lot of carrying on my own’. They were a bit surprised by how aggressive I was.
“They respect that attitude because it’s the attitude of an Italian woman. They’re quite forthright.
“That’s my new strategy. I’m going to be aggressive.”
Langbroek said earlier this month, her husband had been given a notice by officials while outside riding his bicycle.
“They held him up for 40 minutes, they basically interrogated him, and gave him a piece of paper, which he signed, even though it was in Italian, and he couldn’t understand it, which said he’s being sued by the police,” Langbroek said.
“I laughed and said, ‘Good, I hope they deport us. It’s the only way we can get out of here’.
“We’re not in isolation like you guys are in isolation. We’re not allowed to exercise in pairs, we’re not allowed to go outside. We are in solitary confinement, basically, except with six of us.
“The only reason you’re allowed to go out is to get groceries.”