Spain: “A Unique, Dictatorial Mandate”

The two videos below show popular resistance to the coronavirus lockdown in Spain. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

The first video features remarks by Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the president of the (Autonomous) Community of Madrid, which has the city of Madrid as its capital:

The second video shows footage of anti-lockdown protests in Madrid, and includes a snippet from Isabel Diaz Ayuso’s remarks as featured in the first video:

Video transcript #1:

00:00   You are taking advantage of families being locked up in their houses and not being able
00:04   to freely leave to protest, although there is a short time in the afternoons on your own street.
00:08   You are taking advantage of this situation in order to impose all types of barbarities,
00:11   to attack freedom of business, decide whether sales,
00:14   can be made or not — attempt in an inflexible manner to attack
00:18   business owners, tell them how they must create or not create
00:22   employment, and with ideas so absurd like directly
00:25   attempting a 15-day quarantine for people
00:28   who visit Spain. Do tests, Do exams, analyze the population.
00:31   Make creative policies of liberty, and not what you are doing.
00:35   You are taking advantage of the greatest crisis
00:38   in the recent history of Spain to impose a unique, dictatorial mandate,
00:41   and you hope that the people leave the street,
00:44   because what will happen on Nunez de Balboa [Street] will look like a joke.
 

Video transcript #2:

00:04   Protest is repeated in the neighborhood of Salamanca in Madrid
00:10   Liberty! Liberty! —Police presence is increased.
00:19   Sanchez get out
00:22   It continues without respecting the recommended safety distance.
00:28   The protests have transcended politics.
00:34   …and if this had occurred in a workers’ neighborhood, at this time,
00:38   all of the people there would have already been identified and fined.
00:45   The right of protest by the citizens in terms that we are living
00:49   in a democracy, and secondly, they will have to be adapted, of course,
00:53   to the restrictions imposed under the state of emergency.
01:00   …You are hoping for the people to get off the street,
01:03   because what will happen on Nunez de Balboa [Street] will look like a joke.
01:08   …it is possible to encourage protests with a large security distance;
01:11   well, naturally, that is desirable.
01:14   The protests have extended to other areas of Madrid, such as Aravaca.
01:21   Resignation! —…Spanish… in the Plaza Nueva [New Square] next to City Hall.
 

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