Covid: controversy continues over parties in Madrid centre

Debate on severity of anti-Covid norms ignites politics

30 March, 12:24

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, 30 MAR - Controversy continues to swirl in Madrid on Tuesday over clandestine gatherings and parties that took place last weekend in the city centre.

    A statement from the municipal police said officers discovered 353 such gatherings, some of which had "a number of people higher than that permitted, hidden in unlikely places, and without masks or any precautions".

    The issue has ignited the local political debate ahead of regional elections on May 4, said Spanish media.

    According to µngel Gabilondo, a socialist candidate currently in the opposition, the situation is "true chaos" and is provoked by "drunken tourism".

    The local press in recent weeks has often shown images of foreign young people attracted by the less-rigid health restrictions in Spain compared to their home countries and by bars and restaurants open until 11 pm that, at times, don't comply with the Covid curfew in place.

    On the other hand, regional president and People's Party leader Isabel Díaz Ayuso said it is important the central government (led by Socialists) carries out the necessary checks in airports and at the borders.

    "The problem isn't if a French person comes to drink in Madrid, but rather if that person is infected or not," she said.


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