I suspect that the President of the Balearic government Francina Armengol got a rather nasty wake-up call yesterday morning. The protest by bar and restaurant staff, furious with her lockdown measures, had been banned by the Central Government Delegate in Palma but it still went ahead.

An estimated 1,500 people took part and they certainly made their point. Support for the Balearic government and their restrictive measures appears to be dropping, so much so, that Armengol actually produced a video, which was posted on social media, explaining why her government had been forced to order the closure of bars and restaurants across Mallorca. She said that her government did understand the concerns of bar and restaurant owners but they had been forced into this action because of the growing number of cases.

It is a fair assessment which will be understood by most, but there is growing disquiet and concern about the restrictive measures. Closing the bars, restaurants and large shopping centres effectively turned the capital into a ghost town yesterday. Perhaps that was the idea and it suddenly succeeded. After almost a year of restrictive measures I think the majority of us would like to see an end in sight. At the moment this is not the case. One thing is clear; Armengol this time last year was a relatively popular politician but now I doubt that she would be re-elected. She has shown leadership and she has been willing to take unpopular decision in the interest of public health.

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Gabriel / Hace 3 months

@Mark Badoer it is more than a flu. Maybe the death rate (of what we know so far) is similar, but the spread is different. It's one thing to have 2% of dead people out of 10k, and another thing to have it out of 10 million. And this in the conditions of having restrictions and taking precautions and people being treated in the hospitals. If it would be treated as a flu, like 'let's all get it and that's it', the 2% would become 20%. As there is not gonna be a possibility to treat anybody. *all the numbers are purely fictional, just meant to prove a concept. And no animals were harmed in the process.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 3 months

What I don't get, is that people still keep accepting this, like sheep being led to be slaughtered. I now know a scary amount of people that are nearing desparation and are willing to go criminal and violent, to just live and protect their loved ones. Now that is more scary than this whole covid flu.

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Georgi Krastev / Hace 3 months

Most of the so called "measures" are improvisation which logically do not result in any measurable improvements. You can compare the numbers with many countries in East Europe where schools are closed, but there are few other limitations and the numbers are falling on a daily basis. The politic career of Armengol finished when she was caught breaking her own rules and not resigned. None could respect a person like that which explains why so many people asked for her resignation ent on the first, but surely not the last justified protest against a political class which is driving Spain to economical collapse.

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