Spain & Covid-19
Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They’ve recorded 235,290 positive cases, which is the 5th highest in the world.
28,678 Spaniards have died from the virus, which is the 4th highest in the world.
(Data from John Hopkins University.)
Spain’s far-right Vox party protest during Covid-19 lockdown
While Spain have begun to flatten the curve to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, cities like Madrid and Barcelona remain under strict lockdown measures.
On Monday, Spain will begin to ease restrictions, however the pace of these relaxation measures isn’t quick enough for far-right Spanish party Vox.
As reported on the BBC, Vox organised protests over the weekend to urge the Spanish government to open up quicker:
Thousands of people in Spain are protesting against the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
The far-right Vox party urged supporters to drive through major cities without leaving their vehicles in order to maintain social distancing.
Vox are looking for all removal of all lockdown restrictions, report the BBC.
Thousands of people in vehicles gathered in Madrid on Saturday as part of a demonstration called by Spain’s far-right Vox party to protest the country’s lockdown.
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) May 23, 2020
Aston Villa’s Pepe Reina sparks political controversy supporting Vox protesters
On Saturday, Aston Villa goalie Pepe Reina posted a tweet in support of the Vox protesters.
Reina wrote: “Ah! Well, it seems that little people have gone out to the street, right?”
The Aston Villa keeper added the hashtag ‘democracy’.
Pepe Reina supporting a far-right nationalist protest in Madrid, in breach of multiple social distancing guidelines. Reina has voiced his support for Spain’s far-right party Vox multiple times in the past year. https://t.co/5oPWikOLNy
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) May 24, 2020
For what it’s worth, there’s been a huge backlash to Reina on Spanish Twitter.
Reina has been accused of being a fascist in his support of the political party Vox.
Note: Pepe Reina thinks he had Covid-19 already
While Pepe Reina appears to advocate for Spanish society to return to ‘normal’ and end all social distancing measures, it’s worth remembering that the Aston Villa goalie thinks he had Covid-19 already.
Back at the end of March, Reina told Spanish outlet Cadena Cope that he had coronavirus symptoms.
Reina said “they were difficult days… it was hard. It felt like a truck had run me over.”
🦠 “Esta semana me ha tocado pasar ‘el bicho'”
👏 “Los que tienen coj…son los que viven en un piso de 70 metros con tres niños”https://t.co/yVf38HsyNK
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) March 24, 2020
This article was edited by Ben Green.
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