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Violent protests erupt across Europe over coronavirus lockdown

by LLB Politics Reporter
15th May 20 2:16 pm

Protests have erupted across the EU with the latest being sparked in Madrid over the governments handling to the pandemic.

Protests have broken out in Germany, France, Austria and last night in Spain violent clashes broke out against police in the Salamanca district of Madrid.

Furious fed up residents who have been under a tight two-month lockdown and there is a growing resistance to the government’s handling of the crisis with demonstrations being held over the restrictions.

Cities such as Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid have have been blocked from having their lockdown lifted as there is still a spike with coronavirus infections.

There has been a significant police presence on Thursday following four days of protests where there have been tense violent clashes.

The President of the Community of Madrid Isabel Díaz Ayuso, said on Thursday, “families are locked up in their homes and they can’t go out and protest freely, even though it’s just a little while in their own street.”

She has accused the Spanish government of “imposing all kinds of barbarities.”

Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, who is the spokesman in Congress for the far-right party Vox, has offered his support “to all neighbourhoods across Spain who have decided to demonstrate.”

He is hopeful protests “will spread like wildfire.”

He added, “They will spread very quickly throughout Spain and if they want to stop it, they will only throw gasoline on the fire.”

The protests are directed at the Spanish President Pedro Sanchez, and people are demanding he resigns over his handling of the pandemic.

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