By John Smith • 03 February 2021 • 17:43
Víctor Sánchez regretted the decision to close Plaza Mayor
Credit: YouTube capture
ALTHOUGH there appears to be an overall decline in the rate of new Covid-19 infections in Mallorca, the organisation known as Resistencia Balear (Balearic Resistance) is at loggerheads with the Balearic Government.
Last Saturday (January 30), even though its Facebook account was suspended due to numerous complaints against its contents, the organisation which accused the social media company of ‘censorship’ went ahead with its threatened demonstration in Palma.
The authorities had approved a demonstration on the understanding that it could only be conducted by people in cars and other enclosed vehicles in order to ensure safe social distancing.
With a ‘rallying call’ “¿Salimos de paseo?” (Are we going for a walk?) however, it appeared likely that many demonstrators would ignore the restriction and this proved to be true with many people turning up on foot despite pleas from the police not to.
This then resulted in the issuing of fines said to amount to more than €140,000 after organisers encouraged people attending to dance to music that they played for them so there were effectively two different breaches of the law, firstly gathering in public and secondly holding a party.
Nothing daunted, at very short notice, a new demonstration was called for Wednesday February 3 in the Plaza Mayor with a different slant which called for those participating to bring food, blankets and items for babies to distribute to those suffering from the current sate of alarm.
Víctor Sánchez a spokesman for Resistencia Balear, explained in a video that there was a right to demonstrate and that people needed food which they were going to distribute.
In the event however, this attempt to shame the Balearic Government into allowing the distribution of the food on humanitarian grounds was unsuccessful as the Government simply sealed off the Plaza Mayor to frustrate the meeting.
Time will tell whether this will be the last of the public protests or whether they will continue at the weekend.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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