Thousands of ‘brainless’ coronavirus protesters gather in Madrid amid Spain’s second wave to call pandemic a ‘hoax’

0


THOUSANDS of protesters gathered in Madrid over the weekend to declare the coronavirus a “hoax”.

Angry dissidents gathered over new rules that made it compulsory to wear masks, but regional security chiefs called them “brainless” and vowed they would be punished.

⚠️ Read our live coronavirus blog for the latest news and updates

19

Thousands of people gathered for the “brainless” protestCredit: BBC
The heads of government in Madrid claim to have been

19

Madrid government leaders claim they were ‘duped’ into allowing protestCredit: EPA
Wearing a mask is now mandatory, and smoking has been banned in certain circumstances

19

Wearing a mask is now mandatory, and smoking has been banned in certain circumstancesCredit: Reuters

In the Spanish capital’s Colón Square, some 2,500 people were seen holding up hand-crafted signs saying: “The virus does not exist”, “Masks kill” and “We are not afraid”.

Pilar Martin, a 58-year-old housewife who traveled nearly 200 miles to attend the protest, said: “They make us use a mask, they want us to stay home practically locked up.

“It is obvious that they are continually deceiving us by talking about epidemics. This is all a lie.”

Sunday’s march comes two days after the Spanish government introduced new restrictions on coronaviruses following a spike in cases as the country eases its lockdown.

Wearing face masks is now mandatory in public places, while nightclubs have been closed and smoking in public where it is not possible to stand two meters apart has also been banned. .

A protester was pictured pulling a cigarette with a mask over his eyes.

José Manuel Franco, delegate of the Spanish government in Madrid, told Cadena SER radio station: “There are always brainless people – in this case a number who unfortunately do not respect the law.

“I want to make it clear that this will be punished with the full force of the law.”

The 2,500 protesters were seen holding up homemade signs

19

The 2,500 protesters were seen holding up homemade signsCredit: BBC
The signs indicate:

19

The signs read: “The virus does not exist”, “Masks kill” and “We are not afraid”Credit: BBC
Regional security chiefs vowed protesters would be punished

19

Regional security chiefs vowed protesters would be punishedCredit: AFP or licensors

Mr Franco also claimed that the local government had been duped into ceding Colón Square for the purpose of the protest, with organizers saying the protest was about “censorship and freedom” rather than the anti-mask.

Anti-maskers, antivaxxers and pandemic deniers were rallied via an animated video that toured social media that used the Beatles revolution as a soundtrack, reports The Telegraph.

The campaign was also supported by Spanish celebrity Miguel Bosé who used his platform to advance theories on 5G and vaccines.

And according to France 24, a number of participants cited the Internet documentary “Plandemic”, which was deleted from several platforms for falsely claiming that masks and vaccines kill “thousands”.

The protest comes as coronavirus cases are steadily increasing across Europe, currently standing at more than 3.7 million.

And Spain has been removed from the UK government’s airlift list due to the increase in cases.

From July 26, anyone traveling from Spain to the UK must self-isolate and remain in quarantine for 14 days.

The opinion is based on evidence of an increase in Covid-19 cases in several regions, including Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia – which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona.

Spain currently has 358,843 confirmed cases.

The protesters were condemned by the local government

19

The protesters were condemned by the local governmentCredit: Reuters
Several protesters cited a campaign video backed by a 5G conspiracy theorist singer

19

Several protesters cited a campaign video backed by a 5G conspiracy theorist singerCredit: AFP
The Spanish capital was packed with protesters

19

The Spanish capital was packed with protestersCredit: AFP
The rally drew masks-skeptics and anti-vaccines

19

The rally drew masks-skeptics and anti-vaccinesCredit: AP: Associated press
Angry protesters claim coronavirus is a hoax

19

Angry protesters claim coronavirus is a hoaxCredit: AP: Associated press
Several social media campaigns have been deleted for disseminating false information

19

Several social media campaigns have been deleted for disseminating false informationCredit: AP: Associated press
A woman wears a face mask emblazoned with the Spanish word for

19

A woman wears a face mask emblazoned with the Spanish word for “resistance”Credit: AFP or licensors
Thousands of people attended the protest

19

Thousands of people attended the protestCredit: AFP or licensors
Many refused to wear masks

19

Many refused to wear masksCredit: Reuters
Spain currently has 358,843 confirmed cases

19

Spain currently has 358,843 confirmed casesCredit: Reuters
The protest comes as coronavirus cases rise steadily across Europe, currently standing at over 3.7 million

19

The protest comes as coronavirus cases rise steadily across Europe, currently standing at over 3.7 millionCredit: Reuters
Spain has been removed from the UK government's airlift list due to increased cases

19

Spain has been removed from the UK government’s airlift list due to increased casesCredit: Reuters
Anti-maskers, antivaxxers and pandemic deniers rallied via animated video touring social media

19

Anti-maskers, antivaxxers and pandemic deniers rallied via animated video touring social mediaCredit: Reuters


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.