Protest in Spain over government's handling of COVID crisis

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2020

Spain, which imposed one among Europe's hardest lockdowns on March 14, has began to ease restrictions, however Madrid and Barcelona have remained in lockdown for longer due to extra extreme coronavirus outbreaks.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the country's two-month lock down has seen hotels, bars and restaurants all close, as well as beaches and other outdoor attractions. The government says the lockdown has allowed it to get the pandemic under control.

The demonstrators asked for both Mr Sanchez and also Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias, that heads the left-wing Podemos event, to tip down over their handling of the situation.

"It is time to make a big noise against the government of unemployment and misery that has abandoned our self-employed and workers", Vox said.

In other regions, which account for about half of Spain's population, the lockdown restrictions will be relaxed even further. He said the government was "directly responsible for the worst management of this crisis on the entire planet".

"We will never forget what they have done", Vox leader Santiago Abascal said from the open-top bus leading the caravan as it inched down a Madrid boulevard.

In a televised press conference Saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said "the worst has passed".

Most cars were decked with Spanish flags and there were also small groups of people who participated on foot, with some not respecting the two-metre social distancing rules.

While countries such as the UK, US and Brazil have also seen anti-lockdown protests, they have rarely seen social distancing measures respected.

What else is taking place in Spain?

The party accuses Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's administration of lying about the impact of the health crisis and for violating Spaniards' rights by confining people to their homes and closing business during the lockdown.

"From July, foreign tourism will resume in safe conditions".

He also said professional football matches will begin again on June 8 and that the country will be open for both national and global tourism this summer. "The time has come to bring back many day-to-day activities", he said.

The 2nd department is likewise readied to return to at the very same time as the leading trip, with records recommending the derby in between Sevilla and also Real Betis will certainly be the very first La Liga video game to occur.

Spain's overnight death toll from the coronavirus rose by 48 on Saturday to a total of 28,678, the seventh straight day that the fatality rate has been less than 100, while the total number of cases rose to 235,290.

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