Several thousand followers of Spain’s far-right VOX party are staging a vehicle rally through Madrid against the lockdown. An anti-viral drug is found to cut recovery times in COVID-19 patients.
Indeed, Spain’s far-right Vox party called out thousands of supporters to protest the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Politicians urged followers to drive to central Madrid in their cars and motorbikes to skirt the current prohibition on social gatherings under the nation’s two-monthlong state of emergency, DW of Germany reports.
“Let your desire be heard for the resignation of the government,” Vox leader Santiago Abascal said from the open-top bus leading the cars inching down a Madrid boulevard. Vox called the protest the “Caravan for Spain and Liberty.”
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-meter social distancing rules.
Other protests were held in Barcelona, Seville and other provincial capitals.
Spain’s government is easing some of the world’s toughest restrictions against the pandemic in four stages, depending on the severity of the contagion in each area of the country.
Both Spain and Britain previously announced plans for similar requirements on travelers. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday that the country would not open its borders to foreign tourists until July.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Friday that a mandatory 14-day quarantine will apply to almost all foreign travelers from June 8.