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Spain: Residents of Vallecas protest against COVID-19 management in Madrid02:28

Spain: Residents of Vallecas protest against COVID-19 management in Madrid

Spain, Madrid
September 27, 2020 at 20:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Madrid's Vallecas neighbourhood took to the streets on Sunday to protest the Madrid government's management of the COVID-19 pandemic and to demand the resignation of the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz.

The demonstrators could be seen gathering at the Puente de Vallecas district with signs and chanting slogans criticising the regional government's measures, including the selective confinements. Later, they marched to the Vallecas Municipal Board building.

The march proceeded peacefully and without police presence, thus avoiding a repeat of Thursday's protest in front of the Assembly of Madrid, which ended with police charges and confrontations with the police.

On September 18, the Community of Madrid announced the implementation of a series of travel restrictions in 37 areas of the region that had seen an increase in the rates of COVID-19 infections. A week later, the measures were extended to another eight zones. The majority of these areas correspond to working class neighbourhoods located in the south of the Spanish capital.

The Spanish government recommended Madrid to confine the entire autonomous community, as it considered the measures taken as insufficient. According to data from the Ministry of Health, to date Madrid has registered a total of 213,709 cases of COVID-19 and 9,213 related deaths.

Spain: Residents of Vallecas protest against COVID-19 management in Madrid02:28
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Residents of Madrid's Vallecas neighbourhood took to the streets on Sunday to protest the Madrid government's management of the COVID-19 pandemic and to demand the resignation of the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz.

The demonstrators could be seen gathering at the Puente de Vallecas district with signs and chanting slogans criticising the regional government's measures, including the selective confinements. Later, they marched to the Vallecas Municipal Board building.

The march proceeded peacefully and without police presence, thus avoiding a repeat of Thursday's protest in front of the Assembly of Madrid, which ended with police charges and confrontations with the police.

On September 18, the Community of Madrid announced the implementation of a series of travel restrictions in 37 areas of the region that had seen an increase in the rates of COVID-19 infections. A week later, the measures were extended to another eight zones. The majority of these areas correspond to working class neighbourhoods located in the south of the Spanish capital.

The Spanish government recommended Madrid to confine the entire autonomous community, as it considered the measures taken as insufficient. According to data from the Ministry of Health, to date Madrid has registered a total of 213,709 cases of COVID-19 and 9,213 related deaths.

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