The crowd that appears in the video was recorded at a rally by ex-president Maurício Macri on October 19, 2019, during the presidential campaign that gave victory to opponent Alberto Fernández. The event became known as “the march of a million” and registered the massive and unprecedented presence of the middle class on the streets of the country.
The demonstration of support for the ex-president was covered by Argentine and international news media. In addition, social media users published videos of the act on their profiles at the time. Maurício Macri himself published the photo on his Twitter account.
The video, therefore, is not a demonstration by thousands against restrictions to curb Covid’s progress in the country. The current government even faced protests related to the country’s conduct during the pandemic between the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but they were much smaller.
Protesters parade in Buenos Aires on August 17 against the Argentine government and the country’s extended quarantine – Photo: Agustin Marcarian / Reuters
Currently, Buenos Aires faces an increase in the number of contagion due to the disease: last Tuesday (30), more than 2,000 cases were reported, a record since the beginning of the pandemic. Across the country, daily notifications doubled at the end of March compared to previous months. The country’s president was infected with the disease.
The curfew in some provinces and the restriction of people in social gatherings are some of the measures adopted by the government in the face of Covid’s second wave in Argentina. According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has recorded more than 2.8 million cases and 56,000 deaths.
It is #FAKE that video of crowd in Argentina shows protest against isolation measures in the pandemic – Photo: G1
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