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Spain: Thousands of COVID sceptics take to Madrid streets02:50

Spain: Thousands of COVID sceptics take to Madrid streets

Spain, Madrid
January 24, 2021 at 02:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of coronavirus sceptics marched to Madrid on Saturday decrying the restrictions in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The crowd of demonstrators swamped the centre of Madrid as they began marching from Atocha rail station chanting and waving signs demanding the ease of the lockdown measures, before arriving at Plaza Colon where they held a rally as well as various arts and musical performances.

Protesters were not respecting social distancing and a lot of them were not wearing masks, despite the legal obligation to wear it at all times on public roads amid the third wave.

Some 30 activist groups called for the demonstration, authorised by Madrid's local government. The march took place under police supervision.

The protest comes after Madrid's government announced stricter restrictions in the city including a 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT) curfew for citizens and a closure time for all business at 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT), to be imposed from Monday, January 25, and will remain in force for at least two weeks.

According to data gathered by the John Hopkins University Spain has recorded 2,499,560 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 55,400 related deaths as of Saturday.

Spain: Thousands of COVID sceptics take to Madrid streets02:50
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Thousands of coronavirus sceptics marched to Madrid on Saturday decrying the restrictions in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The crowd of demonstrators swamped the centre of Madrid as they began marching from Atocha rail station chanting and waving signs demanding the ease of the lockdown measures, before arriving at Plaza Colon where they held a rally as well as various arts and musical performances.

Protesters were not respecting social distancing and a lot of them were not wearing masks, despite the legal obligation to wear it at all times on public roads amid the third wave.

Some 30 activist groups called for the demonstration, authorised by Madrid's local government. The march took place under police supervision.

The protest comes after Madrid's government announced stricter restrictions in the city including a 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT) curfew for citizens and a closure time for all business at 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT), to be imposed from Monday, January 25, and will remain in force for at least two weeks.

According to data gathered by the John Hopkins University Spain has recorded 2,499,560 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 55,400 related deaths as of Saturday.