Covid killed a hard-core anti-vaxxer in Italy, who had a loyal following thanks to his frequent phone-ins on a radio station.
Maurizio Buatti (61), was known as Mauro Mantua. He had claimed to be a ‘plague spreadinger’ by going to a Carrefour without a mask, feeling ill, and reaching 38°F, days before he was admitted to hospital.
He stated that he was protecting the constitution by disregarding public health advice. And he declined to have his blood tested as he thought the virus had been transmitted from the swabs.
Maurizio Buratti (pictured), a fervent Italian anti-vaxxer who gained a cult following after his regular phone-ins to a popular radio show, has died from Covid
Buratti, a mechanic by trade, died on Monday after being in intensive care for 22 consecutive days.
A frequent caller to Zanzara’s radio station called intubated. He was not responding to treatment.
Buratti also supported anti-Semitic conspiracies theories and remained anti-vaxx right up to the last. He had denied repeatedly the existence of Covid.
The show’s hosts and fans encouraged him to visit the hospital after his boasting about his sickness on air. He reluctantly agreed.
He said that he wouldn’t go to Mantua’s hospital because “there are Communists there. I don’t believe them.” Instead, he went to Verona.
Buratti stated that he was leaving Italy to seek asylum in Korea and Turkey for the vaccination.
The conspirator was frequently seen in Italy at anti-Covid protests and ant Green Pass rallies (pictured yesterday: a No Green Pass rally held in Turin).
Prior to his diagnosis, conspiracy theorist attended anti-Covid rallies regularly. He was also an opponent of Green Pass, which requires all Italian workers get vaccinated.
Buratti, who was on Zanzara since ten years ago, railed against big Pharma as well as the “Jewish lobby” at first.
He was so outspoken that he lost his job as mechanic.
Covid was his next focus and he was granted a radio slot to discuss his theories.
One of the show’s presenters Davide Parenzo said: ‘Rest in peace wherever you are, old conspiracy theorist.
“I hope that your tragic story will serve as an example for all who still doubt the effectiveness of vaccines.
“I just hope your story can serve as an example to those still doubting the efficacy and safety of vaccines.”