Under the pretext that there is a virus, the government is trampling on civil rights because they are seeking a dictatorship.
If there is a virus at all, it is caused by the harmful radiation of the 5G network antennas, an invention of China to subdue the Europeans.
These are just some of the beliefs of people who have been protesting against the restrictive measures due to the proliferation of Covid-19 in recent weeks. However, among the dissatisfied there are also reasonable people who are worried about their future – socially, labor-legal, health.
Nevertheless, the protest is unlikely to turn into a serious political movement. Last but not least, because the picture in the big and most affected by the coronavirus European countries, such as Italy, France and Britain, is very different.
Who took to the streets of Italy
Dissatisfaction in Italy has a name – Gian-Mario Fenu. Screaming “Grazie, Corona!”, The owner of a pizzeria on the island of Sardinia smashed the bar in his restaurant to pieces in anger that he had no customers. The despair of the Italian has become a symbol of the mood among the owners of restaurants in Italy. However, there are no big demonstrations on the boot against the restrictions for now.
The explanation of the political observers is that Italy is one of the most affected by Covid-19 European countries, the footage from the overcrowded hospitals with the suffocating doctors and nurses will not be forgotten soon.
And yet – who took to the streets of Italian cities? Here is the comment of the BNR correspondent in Italy Elena Shahanova.
“Owners of shops and catering establishments protested because there are few customers, no tourists and that the government has not yet compensated them for the quarantine period. It was explained that to receive the funds depends on the district institutions and the flexibility of banks. Curiously, some of these governments did not understand what the practice required, but it was easier for someone else to be to blame, such as the cabinet.
The opposition, through the “League” and the “Brothers of Italy”, remained in the shadow of Prime Minister Conte, who received approval for his work from 65% of Italians. Some of the protests stemmed from these parties, as well as the requested no-confidence vote against Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede, accused of ordering house arrest mobsters during quarantine. Bonafede gained the confidence of the Senate, the government survived with the approval of Mateo Renzi, who with his party “Italy Viva” is the balancing element of the ruling coalition in Parliament.
The dissatisfaction of the industrialists remains. And when that happens, it’s not a good sign for Italy’s government. They are not protesting only from the car giant Fiat, which received more than 6 billion euros through a bank guarantee from the cabinet from the 55 billion euros it has allocated for the reconstruction of the whole country. ”
The “yellow vests” returned to the streets of France
In neighboring France, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted social inequalities, including in health care.
Even President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged shortcomings in his planned but failed health care reform. It had to eliminate the impoverishment of the medical staff, as Macron himself had promised. And will pay 1,500 euros to everyone employed in healthcare.
Behind the corner lurks the far-right leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, who has declared herself the defender of all those who have lost or will lose their jobs because of the coronavirus. And the “yellow vests” are back on the street, commented the BNR correspondent in Paris Julia Taleva.
“Despite the rather cautious exit of the French from the quarantine on the first Saturday after the release of the measures on the streets of Nantes, Toulouse, Montpellier, the well-known” yellow vests “reappeared – albeit very few. Among them were groups of anarchists, and at the end of April riots briefly broke out in some Parisian suburbs – signs that the outbreaks of social tension had not died down.
For now, France is more of an observer of protests against anti-epidemic measures in other countries. Perhaps because the state of emergency already imposed after the terrorist attacks is a familiar situation, as is the issue of sacrificing freedoms in the name of security (and in this case health). That is why the government has postponed the controversial mobile application Kovid Stop, criticized as an enemy of personal freedom.
In addition, prolonged social protests and strikes last year had already done enormous damage to the French economy, further devastated by the epidemic.
These days, retailers who have just opened their stores have called for a counter-protest if new social riots on the streets threaten their collapsed business.
However, all this seems like a postponement in the wave of anger in France, which the epidemic has plunged into an unprecedented recession, its severe consequences are yet to be seen.
Quarantine is a suitable period for extreme, conspiratorial, anti-waxing, even esoteric deviations, which can easily flow into the multi-profile rebel movement of the “yellow vests”. By the way, these days one of their leaders warned that the social climate in France will deteriorate unprecedentedly. This could lead to a wave of protests of epidemic proportions. ”
The British are unlikely to go on mass protests
This is how things look in France. A quick glance across the English Channel shows that the British do not seem to be worried about the limitations of their daily lives or the expected negative consequences of the pandemic. Fifty people gathered over the weekend in London’s Hyde Park, even fewer – twenty – in Belfast and Southampton. And their slogans were “Fight for your freedom,” “End of lies,” and “No to oppression.” This is how BNR correspondent Vesselin Paunov saw the protests on the Island from London.
“Unlike other countries, there have been no major protests against coronavirus in the United Kingdom so far. Last weekend, about 50 people gathered in London’s Hyde Park on the famous Speakers Corner to express their outrage not so much at social distancing as at the government’s belated actions. The poster that went around the media was: “Tell us the truth. Enough of the fake pandemic. ” Nineteen people were arrested, but if it had not been for the brother of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, the news would have completely sunk into the general coronavirus flow.
Not that there are no attempts to organize protests online, but the police have taken a pretty firm stand, declaring that they will break all attempts to break social distancing in any form. So the dissatisfaction is expressed not so much by protests, but by constant verbal attacks on the government in the media for inadequate measures, which include, of course, quarantine.
Personally, I think we can expect more dissatisfaction if the government does introduce a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people arriving on flights in the country at a time when this measure is now repealed almost everywhere else. Problems may follow in the attempt to open primary schools on June 1, because teachers do not consider this reasonable.
But whether there will be mass protests – hardly. I must point out otherwise that the British are generally quite disciplined and probably scared enough to comply with quarantine. But there is something else. The police here are proverbial with the unobtrusive way they do their job, without undue ostentation and with the necessary dose of tolerance.
So there can be no question of any sharp opposition between the police and citizens regarding quarantine. And one more thing, knowing a lot of people around me, I have the feeling that the British liked this scheme to be on forced leave, to stay at home and receive 80 percent of their salary from the state. And those who are tired of voluntary self-isolation, in the already mentioned unobtrusive way to violate social distancing.
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