‘We Can’t Live Like Zombies’: Protesters In Spain Decry COVID-19 Mask Mandate

Individuals holding placards and yelling mottos protest Sunday in Madrid against the mandatory usage of face masks and other measures embraced by the Spanish government to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

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People holding placards and shouting mottos demonstration Sunday in Madrid versus the compulsory usage of face masks and other measures adopted by the Spanish government to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

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Spain suffered one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe until the number of cases started to tail off in the spring. Because early July, however, theres been a resurgence. Some 16,000 new confirmed cases have actually been tape-recorded considering that Friday.

Spain suffered among the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe up until the number of cases started to tail off in the spring. Given that early July, nevertheless, theres been a renewal. Some 16,000 new validated cases have been tape-recorded because Friday.

Necessary mask usage– initially introduced in May for people utilizing public transportation– has because expanded to other activities. Last week, the government instituted a variety of new measures aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus– consisting of a restriction on outside drinking and cigarette smoking in areas where social distancing can not quickly be maintained.

Others chanted, “What eliminates is 5G,” a reference to a conspiracy theory connecting the coronavirus to the most current cellular phone technology.

Poet and photographer Ouka Leele told demonstrators: “We cant live like zombies with masks on in the streets.”

Defying the law by going without masks, individuals collected Sunday in Madrids Plaza de Colón. Police stated they would typically fine the maskless protesters, however were overwhelmed by their sheer numbers, according to El País.

Crowds collected in the Spanish capital over the weekend to protest an expanded requirement for them to wear protective masks in public as the government tries to fight a sudden resurgence of coronavirus infections.

Amongst the speakers at the rally was anti-vaccination activist Josep Pàmies, who informed people to get the word out in their towns and neighborhoods that the coronavirus is not harmful.

In a country that has actually witnessed more than 28,600 deaths because the start of the pandemic, some carried signs checking out “The infection does not exist” and “Masks eliminate.”