Highlights of Spain's anti-lockdown & anti-government protests, 23.05.20, English subtitles
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0:01 The "Caravan (convoy) for Spain and its Freedom" protests were organised by Vox and held on Saturday 23rd May all across Spain. In order to comply with social distancing regulations, participants were asked to stay inside their vehicles. The reason for the protests was to criticise the Spanish government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak (Vox leader Santiago Abascal said Spain has handled the crisis worse than any other country) and also to protest the continuing lockdown restrictions (Spain had one of the strcitest lockdowns in Europe though it is now being lifted).
The largest turnouts were in Madrid and Seville, in both cities around 6,000 cars took part. 500 cars took part in Barcelona. Abascal addressed the protesters over the FM radio station EsRadio. Vox say the government has lied about the real numbers affected by the virus (Vox say the real numbers are higher), and that the strict lockdown has violated Spanish people's rights and caused immnese harm to the economy.
0:07 This is Vox leader Santiago Abascal addressing the protesters over FM radio station EsRadio.
0:12 The people standing on the bus, from left to right:
The woman in the white blouse is Macarena Olona, spokesperson of the Vox parliamentary group.
The woman in the black top with the green mask is Rocío Monasterio, leader of Vox in Madrid. I have translated one of her videos (in which she talks about feminism) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPVvDM7tEAA
The man in the blue shirt with the white mask is Iván Espinosa, another senior member of the party. Espinosa and Monasterio are married to each other.
The man on the right is Santiago Abascal, leader of Vox. I translated his speech at the 2018 Vox party conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNisZepA8ns
0:17 The man in the white polo shirt is Javier Ortega Smith, ex-Spanish special forces and general secretary of Vox. I translated the speech he gave in the Spanish north African enclave of Ceuta after migrants breached the border fence in August 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC_RLdSsVjo
Abascal, Ortega Smith, Espinosa and Monasterio are the four highest profile members of the party.
0:30 "El Coronavirus es malo. El Socialismo es peor." = The Coronavirus is bad. Socialism is worse."
0:54 Spain broken up, impoversihed and locked up: this is a reference to separatists in Catalonia (broken up) and the lockdown (locked up, he literally says incarcerated). The Spanish government has no parliamentary majority and relies on votes or abstentions from various separatist Basque and Catalan parties.
1:01 "Pedro Sánchez os engaña" = Pedro Sánchez is deceiving you.
1:12 Fase Libertad = this is a reference to Spain entering what the Spanish government calls "phase one" of lifting the lockdown on May 26th. Vox think it should be phase liberty.
1:19 pots and pans = people banging pots and pans has become a symbol of protest against lockdown restrictions
Source video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZo3BYD2qpI
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