Protest Against Lockdown

Protest against lockdown

Protesters around the world have been in the streets in recent weeks to reject Covid-19 lockdowns.

Countries are racing to vaccinate the most vulnerable people and reduce the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.

Vaccination campaigns are under way in dozens of countries, the governments have reintroduced or extended restrictions on travel, businesses and much of daily life to contain the virus.

Since the start of the year, many anti-lockdown demonstrations that have led to arrests have taken place in cities across Europe, North America and the Middle East, the latest in a wave of demonstrations since last year when governments first imposed lockdowns.

In the Netherlands, there were more than 500 arrests nationwide with violent protests against the introduction of a lockdown and nighttime curfew in late January, the first in the European country since World War II.

Last weekend, anti-lockdown protests took place in Belgium, Austria, Hungary, France, Spain and Denmark.

Demonstrations have taken different forms from country to country but common factors motivating protesters around the world are:

Economic hardship - Lockdowns have been financially devastating for millions of people who have been unable to work and lost their incomes. Unemployment has soared across major economies since the beginning of the pandemic. Governments in Western countries have cushioned the blow by providing some relief for those who are unable to work remotely and businesses which have been forced to close.

But in developing economies, where people are less likely to be able to work remotely and individuals and businesses are less likely to have sufficient savings to cover for losses - the impact has been more severe.

Misinformation - Since the start of the pandemic, health misinformation has spread online. Conspiracy theories and myths about the virus and the vaccinations to stop it spreading have been shared and viewed around the world.

People like US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used social media to spread misinformation about the virus causing people to doubt health advice and vaccinations from their governments.

Diverse groups including conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine protesters have used the misinformation to create more fear, uncertainty and doubt to boost their support in the protests against lockdowns.

The large negative financial impact of lockdown has caused many to question whether the disease actually exists or is no worse than the seasonal flu and that governments have manufactured the crisis to boost their power.

Governments need to provide clear and consistent messaging around the coronavirus, lockdowns and the vaccines to build trust among its people and provide financial support to get through these tough times.


Comments (3)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    18 Feb 2021

    Thank you for this post, discreet_drum! Clearly lots of research has been done. Can you tell us which website you got your information from? And do you have any questions others could answer about this?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    18 Feb 2021

    Thanks Tom, I got my research from Aljazeera, a question for others could be: people use and trust science and medicine in areas of their lives, so why don't they trust it during the virus? Explain why.

    Another question could be: Has the government spent less on health than other European countries in the last 10 years, and have now had to spend a lot more? If so, should the government now say, they will spend as much as countries like France and Germany, to insure we have a better health system?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      discreet_drum's comment 18 Feb 2021

      Great questions!

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