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Coronavirus latest: Spain anti-lockdown protest draws thousands of far-right supporters

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.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.