By Laura Taylor • 18 August 2020 • 10:02
ANTI-COVID: Protests in Madrid attract thousands.
“Anger and sadness” is what Belen Padilla, a doctor and the vice president of the College of Doctors of Madrid”, recalls feeling when witnessing the images of thousands of anti-COVID protesters. Around 2,500 people gathered in the capital’s Plaza de Colon despite the existence of the virus, to demand their ‘freedom and rights’ as Spanish citizens.
Not only did protestors refuse to wear masks and adhere to social distancing but they also began spitting on the press who were trying to cover the event. The Government Delegation, led by José Manuel Franco (PSOE), who authorized the protest, has reported that an investigation has been opened to purge responsibilities.
“To deny the scientific evidence is to be an absurd person,” continues Padilla, who tells local news sources that she has not only fought to save the lives of patients infected by COVID but that she was also the victim of the virus that paralyzed the entire country, collapsed hospitals and that threatens to do it again in winter.
In this sense, her response to the COVID deniers, encouraged by famous artists like Miguel Bose, is a mixture of resignation and anger. “They should read the epidemiological reports, all of them, because they all say the same, the ones in Madrid, Andalucia and the ones released by the Ministry of Health”, she explains.
Blanca Fernández Lasquety is the secretary of the Association of Nursing Directors (ANDE) and she invites COVID-deniers to go to hospitals to see “how people scream because they don’t want to die, how other people who are alone die, how they ask for help … “. “Nor do you have to do a lot of reflection to realize what is happening; right now there are 21 million infected in the world “, points out the nurse.
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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations. She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.
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Bose’s career should be brought to a sudden end and artist’s that supported him should suffer the same fate.
The people that gathered in the Plaza de Colon should be given the freedom and right to spend a month cleaning the streets of Madrid.
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