As further restrictive measures were taken in the Spanish capital, thousands of demonstrators on the streets of the city voiced their opposition to the government’s policies to contain the epidemic.
Thousands of people demonstrated on January 24, 2021 in central Madrid on the occasion of a “freedom march” against the restrictive measures of the government aimed at containing the epidemic. They denounced the “deception” of a virus which, according to some demonstrators, “does not exist”.
With cries of “freedom!” and in an atmosphere hostile to the press, thousands of people marched from Atocha station to Plaza Colon, as AFP reports.
Many protesters were not wearing masks, despite the legal obligation to wear them at all times on public roads, and in the midst of the third wave which has claimed more than 400 lives a day this week.
“People have to take off their blindfolds, be less afraid and realize that it’s just a bad flu, that you have to wait for it to pass and that’s it,” he told the AFP Milagros Solana, a 71-year-old retiree.
“Mortality is lower than in other years,” she added, downplaying the official count which lists more than 55,000 deaths and 2.5 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Spain since the start of the pandemic .
Many protesters also criticized the ongoing vaccination campaign as a method to end the epidemic.
In an attempt to curb it, the government has imposed a nighttime curfew and restrictions on mobility between provinces. In Madrid, hotels must now close at 9 p.m.