Palma Mallorca protest against Covid restrictions

Protesters gathered outside the Balearic government headquarters.

12-01-2021Jaume Morey

Despite the national government delegation having refused permission for the Tuesday protest against the Balearic government's latest restrictions, an estimated 1,500 people participated in demonstrations outside the government's Consolat de Mar headquarters, Palma town hall and other locations.

The protesters were from the hospitality sector. Bars and restaurants in Mallorca and Ibiza will have to close from Wednesday for at least fifteen days, and businesspeople and workers let the government know what they felt about the order. "Armengol, resign." "Enough." "The people, united, will never be defeated." These were just some of the messages. They believe that the authorities have abandoned them and that the self-employed are being left without resources and aid.

Outside the government HQ, where the National Police had to form a cordon, there was anger among the protesters, who demanded that a member of the government showed his or her face. As there was no response, they moved to the parliament building, where firecrackers were thrown in the direction of the police and a chant went "the president is a drunk". Reporters from the IB3 broadcaster were accused of manipulation; at the town hall, eggs were thrown, some of which hit members of the media.

The protest had drawn people from across the island. In Sa Pobla, bars closed so that owners and workers could attend. The crowds were such that they breached safe distancing regulations, which had been what the government delegation had feared and was therefore the reason for not having granted permission. The delegation says that organisers face sanctions for staging an unauthorised protest.

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Harry / Hace 11 months

All governments are helping businesses to survive. The Spanish one isn’t.

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Paul / Hace 11 months

@David But not many other governments will treat there bar and restaurant owners so badly,where is the help for the self employed ?

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David / Hace 11 months

ALL GOVS IN THE WORLD CLOSE BARS, RESTAURANTS, PUBS, etc. ARE ALL OF THEM WRONG?

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Paul / Hace 11 months

If only the people making the decisions for us had to suffer the same consequences. My income has just been reduced to zero overnight. I have a family and bills like all of us.

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James T / Hace 11 months

1500 people, with a lack of social distancing (according to the repoty and the photo). Act responsibly, like the vast majority do and you just might have a business at the end of next summer. Don't and you you won't... Your choice...

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Ana Lopez / Hace 11 months

I thought we lived in a democracy?! In a democracy you are allowed to express your thoughts. Demonstrations like this one should be allowed, and I would have thought as a politician-It would have been good moment to actually LISTEN to their tax payers and open up for conversations AND SOLUTIONS! (everyone I saw kept a distance and I did NOT see anyone throwing eggs) I think it’s very scary that we have a government that are threatening with sanctions as soon as somebody doesn’t “obey” them or actually want to discuss different angles and opportunities for solutions.

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Mike ( Belgium ) / Hace 11 months

If tourists are so important for Mallorca they should install ( or should already have installed )a general lockdown for 2 to 3 months they can all prepare a summer season more or less by end of March and get their jobs back . But no , let's all sit around the table with ten people during Christmas , or six people at a bar's table etc How this is managed now, there will not be a season again until most of the population has received a vaccine God knows when this will be as we have already heard that they will be a shortage of medical staff in Spain So stop demonstations and think about your future This being said I am not pro Armengol

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James W / Hace 11 months

Good. And the crowds will only get bigger as more people lose everything for a flu virus. When people have nothing left to lose they fear nothing. Armengol should be worried. She's ruined 10,000 of lives. For 498 pensioners. I'd call that a failure. But it's a pattern we are seeing all over the world. And people still think this just about a corona virus. Wake up!

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Adam / Hace 11 months

This Government was supposed to be the Dream Team Power to the People equality for all , social housing and $$$$$ for everyone well instead your getting disappointment and despair , the politicians all got a raise which was also not supposed to be even permitted but we didn't hear any more about paying that money back , this Corona deal mis not even close to being over so brace yourselves for more of the same a couple of weeks ago Amengol said were at the final turn before the finish , then she put her glasses on and now here we go again . Nightmare Team !!!!

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Mark Badoer / Hace 11 months

Yeah, like she is going to go. She ignored her ignoring her own regulations before, so why would anyone think it will be different now. She will not back down, eventhough she should, as she will never admit to her failing or doing anything wrong.......Hey, I know someone else like that. He lives in a large, white house.

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