Demonstration in Palma.

Demonstration in Palma.

12-01-2021Jaume Morey

The recent outpouring of anger over the new coronavirus restrictions in Mallorca has strained relations between Government partners with Més and Podemos condemning the introduction of the latest measures without offering aid at the same time.

A Pact partners emergency meeting was held on Wednesday to try to get things back on track and alleviate the discord.

Critics say Government Spokesperson Pilar Costa and Labour & Tourism Minister Iago Negueruela completely underestimated the level of anger that’s been festering as restrictions were enforced time and again, shutting down the Hospitality Sector with no safety net for business owners who are financially ruined. On Tuesday, discontent drove around 4,000 people onto the streets of Palma in protest.

"We didn’t like the way the issue was treated," said a Podemos representative, who claimed that they’ve been urging the President of the Balearic Government Francina Armengol to be careful when she’s announcing new restrictions.

The Government is not explaining the problem with vaccines clearly enough, it’s not that they haven’t been administered, it’s that they haven’t arrived,” they said and warned that the way the pandemic is being managed could end the Pact.

"If we don't manage this issue properly we’ll end up with a PP and Vox Government.”

Més agrees with Podemos, especially with regard to aid and has issued a statement asking the Government to implement a rescue plan to help the affected Sectors.

"We have imposed a sacrifice on them with very harsh measures, but an entire Sector cannot be left behind,” said Més.

Més also criticised President Armengol for not implementing a lockdown which they said would be the best solution and said the slow pace of the vaccine arrival and the Central Government’s lack of solution for ERTE were unacceptable.

Meanwhile, President Armengol and Health Minister Patricia Gómez insist that they completely understand that people are tired of the coronavirus restrictions, but urged everyone to make one last effort to try to curb contagion.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 11 months

I want Lisa to be our next President. She always seems to have to most sensible remarks of us all.

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Georgi / Hace 11 months

How many times they have asked people for "one last effort"? So many that this phrase has completely lost its meaning. PP and Vox government now seems like a much better variant, than being ruled by a political class that have lost the respect of everyone thanks to their illogical decisions using the health situation only as an excuse in their power struggle.

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Rich / Hace 11 months

Yet another one last effort. Don't talk rubbish, no one trusts this government anymore.

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Lisa / Hace 11 months

People would be far more willing to support the lockdown measures if they believed that this will be the last lockdown, that this is the beginning of the end. But the Government’s woeful vaccine plans are not giving people the confidence to believe the end of the pandemic is in sight. The vaccine roll out is absolutely crucial to confidence. So time to focus on that!!!

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