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Kissing in the Streets as Spain Relaxes Repression

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Revellers crammed the streets of Spain’s cities on Sunday after its far-left regime bunkered in Madrid lifted a six-month nightly curfew. Crowds danced, sang, and drank, but regional authorities are already planning on ending the party.

The Spanish government surrendered its coronavirus-related state of emergency at midnight on Sunday. The emergency repression allowed the government to ban non-essential travel between regions. It required citizens to stay at home between 10pm and 6am. It was claimed that Spain was recording around 20,000 daily cases of Covid-19 when the curfew was introduced. Although this number peaked at more than a claimed 40,000 in January, it has since receded to just over 8,000 on Saturday.

Michael Walsh, author, historian and dissident journalist: ‘If the government-mainstream media narrative was credible and believed by the peoples of Europe, the repression would not be necessary. People, scared of catching the virus, would isolate themselves and their families. Such passion for normal life is clear indication that the people fear their regime and their police far more than they fear the over-blown flu virus with its much less than 1 per cent lethality rate which mainly affects the very old with other life-threatening conditions.’

Spaniards wasted no time in celebrating. When midnight hit, people flocked onto the streets across the country, dancing, hugging, and chanting ‘freedom.’ Video footage from Madrid’s Puerta del Sol captured the celebratory mood.

In Barcelona, revellers drank on the streets and made for the beach. Some wore masks, while others abandoned such restraints entirely, kissing and dancing together in celebration.

For some, the fiesta may be short-lived. Some regional governments are already considering their own restrictions, although it will be up to the courts to decide whether to impose them. Rates of infection and death vary wildly between regions, but the severity of the so-called pandemic in some cases has no bearing on the restrictions planned. 

In Aragon, where the infection rate stands at 297 per 100,000, authorities will seek to extend the curfew in several parts of the region. In the Balearic Islands, where the infection rate is 59 per 100,000, the government will seek to maintain the strict 10pm to 6am curfew.

A couple kiss as they celebrate on a street in the neighborhood of Born, as the state of emergency decreed by the Spanish Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) gets lifted in Barcelona, Spain, May 9, 2021 © Reuters / Nacho Doce

The Basque Country is grappling with a much higher infection rate than anywhere else, at 463 per 100,000. However, efforts to maintain the curfew there were struck down by the Basque High Court on Friday. All figures and data were obtained from El Pais, a newspaper notorious for its pro-regime stance. In March 2020, El Pais predicted a Covid-19 death toll of 50 per cent. In fact, Spain’s death rate was less in 2020 than it was in 2019.

People gather at the Barcelona beach, as the state of alarm decreed by the Spanish Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is due to end on Sunday, in Barcelona, Spain, May 8, 2021 © Reuters / Nacho Doce

Along with Italy and France, Spain was hit hard in the initial stages of the pandemic last year. A year later, more than 3.5 million cases have been recorded in the country, along with 78,000 deaths. Ranked by total cases, Spain is the fourth-hardest hit country in Europe, behind France, the UK, and Italy.

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