FURIOUS demonstrators took to the streets to protest against strict new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the Canary Islands.
The protests in Tenerife and Gran Canaria were sparked by what the demonstrators claimed were draconian new rules, including masks becoming mandatory.
Angry protesters rallied in Tenerife over extreme measures designed to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the Canary Islands[/caption]
Demonstrators think the reaction to the pandemic has been exaggerated[/caption]
Around 100 people attended the rally in Tenerife where demonstrators held up banners with messages suggesting the political reaction to the coronavirus pandemic has been overblown.
One placard read: “Leading causes of death in the world in 2017: cardiovascular diseases 17,790,949 victims, cancer 9,556,245 victims, respiratory diseases 3,914,916 victims, lung infections 2,558,606 victims, dementia 2,514,749 victims, total deaths from COVID-19 760,000. Is this really a pandemic?”
There were no reports of any incidents, according to local media.
And in Gran Canaria, another 100 people gathered at Las Canteras beach to protest against mandatory mask wearing as well as social distancing. Police were forced to intervene in a number of incidents during the protest.
Canary Islands Government spokesperson Anselmo Pestana said that around 270 reports were made regarding protesters not wearing face coverings.
The protests follow new measures introduced by the regional government, including face masks to worn in public as well as a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.
Smoking in public has also been banned when a two-metre distance cannot be maintained.
At least 3,781 Covid-19 infections have been recorded in the Canary Islands, according to data from the Spanish health ministry.
The region has recorded 166 deaths which is among the lowest death tolls in Spain, a country that has been ravaged by the pandemic.
Demonstrators gathered by Las Canteras beach in Gran Canaria[/caption]
Some protesters were pictured not wearing face coverings despite the regional government mandating their use in public[/caption]
Coronavirus cases on the islands have risen by 740 in the last week.
Meanwhile, Catalonia has reported more than 95,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. Madrid saw a daily increase of 704 cases, which was the highest in Spain over the past 24 hours.
Thousands of protesters gathered in the Spanish capital over the weekend to declare coronavirus a “hoax” in response to the measures introduced by the government.
Nightclubs were also shuttered as part of the restrictions following a spike in cases.
In the Colón square, some 2,500 people were seen brandishing homemade placards declaring: “The virus does not exist,” “Masks kill” and “We are not afraid”.
Pilar Martin, a 58-year-old housewife who travelled almost 200 miles to attend the protest, said: “They are forcing us to use a mask, they want us to stay home practically locked up.
“It’s obvious that they are continuously tricking us with talk of outbreaks. It’s all a lie.”
Following the introduction of the new smoking ban, one protester was snapped puffing on a cigarette with a mask worn over his eyes.
Anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers and pandemic deniers were rallied via an animated video that went viral on social media, which used the Beatles’ Revolution as a soundtrack, the Telegraph reported.
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José Manuel Franco, the Spanish government’s delegate in Madrid, told radio network Cadena SER: “There are always brainless people – in this case quite a few who, unfortunately, do not comply with the law.
“I want to make it clear that this will be punished with the full force of the law.”
At least 384,270 cases of coronavirus have been reported nationwide. There was an increase of 2,128 new infections over the past 24 hours.
A protester in Madrid was pictured smoking a cigarette as his mask covered his eyes[/caption]
A protester’s sign reads: ‘Don’t forget the power belongs to us. Wake Up’[/caption]
This banner reads: ‘No vaccine, No 5G, no mask’[/caption]