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Barcelona anti-lockdown protesters call for end to state of emergency

A demonstrator waves a half-Spanish and half-Senyera flag during a "caravan for Spain and its freedom" protest by far-right party Vox against the government, in Barcelona, Spain, on May 23, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Kusai Kedri
Press TV, Barcelona

Barcelona may still be under a strict lockdown amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but a young drummer is out on a protest with the family nonetheless, and they want an end to the lockdown.

The protest, dubbed “Deconfining Rights and Freedoms,” was organized by a pro-independence group called the October 3 Platform. Koki Grassiot, one of the founders, says they have been organizing such rallies online during the lockdown. Their previous petitions to protest were turned down by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior for health reasons, until today.

The protesters say the current health crisis and its economic fallout are the result of years of overreach by the central governments in Madrid.

Similar protests have kicked off across Spain in recent weeks, allegedly pushed by the conservatives and far right to bring down the left-leaning coalition executive.

Barcelona will move to phase one of the Spanish deconfinement plan and that includes partially reopening more businesses, retail stores and restaurants. Residents are required to wear face coverings in public spaces, beaches remain open only for limited hours while sunbathing is prohibited.

Whatever may have triggered the anti-lockdown protests, they seem to reflect the same concerns: the distress many feel as they try to cope with the coronavirus and the fear of what may lie ahead.

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