COVID-19: first flare of anger anti-containment around the world

COVID-19: premières poussées de colère anti-confinement à travers le monde

United States to Brazil via Russia and Tunisia, demonstrations, extremely minority, break out against the confinement around the world, where 4.5 billion people in the world are called to stay at home to fight against the new coronavirus.

In The United States

For the past week, the protests hostile to the containment measures imposed by certain States have occurred in the United States, from New Hampshire to California, passing by Virginia, Texas, Maryland or Pennsylvania. Among the protesters, the men in balaclavas and armed opposition to the instructions of social distancing.

The most important to date, took place on the 15 April, in Lansing, the capital of Michigan, where some 3000 people gathered in the street.

Considering that some of the governors had gone “too far” in the restrictions, the president, Donald Trump has encouraged the slingers by calling a “release” of the containment, the three States managed by the Democrats: Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.

If noisy are they, these manifestations seem to reflect a feeling in the minority: according to a recent survey, more than 80% of Americans support the containment measures.

The United States is the country most hit in the world by the coronavirus with more than 42 360 death to 787 900 confirmed cases.

In Brazil

Sunday, some 600 protesters gathered in front of the headquarters of the army in Brasilia to demand the end of the confinement, as well as a “military intervention” in order to ” close the Parliament and the supreme Court “. The president of extreme right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, which minimizes the lethality of the virus and promotes gatherings, has harangué the crowd.

While the restrictions are less stringent in Brazil than in Europe or in neighbouring countries, the head of State, has spoken out repeatedly in favour of the re-opening of businesses and schools. And he dismissed his popular minister of Health who advocated the social distancing and containment.

Despite its impact on the economy, 68% of Brazilians approve of the confinement, according to a poll published on 18 April.

In the Russian Caucasus

Hundreds of people, for the most part without any mask of protection, have gathered on Monday in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, against the measures of containment. Several arrests have taken place.

This gathering occurred on the background of the criticisms addressed to the Russian authorities for the lack of economic support to the population of confined spaces, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises severely affected by the month of April off.

The republic of North Ossetia, one of the poorest regions of Russia, was closed at the end of march and its shops are non-essential and applies strictly to the instructions of containment recommended by Moscow.

In Niger

Sunday evening of clashes between the forces of law and order to the inhabitants of several districts of Niamey. These were raised against measures taken to combat the spread of the virus, including a curfew, and especially the prohibition of collective prayers in this predominantly muslim country. A hundred people were arrested.

In Tunisia

Several hundred people, many of whom are precarious workers, marched on march 31, in a popular district of Tunis to protest against the confinement very strict in place for a week, and claim of the aid promised by the government.

In addition, protests are also produced in South Africa, Colombia, or Venezuela, to demand more aid and food.

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