The demonstration against the government's coronavirus measures in Berlin at the end of August, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, caused a wide resonance across Europe.
Just a week later, similar demonstrations were held in Rome and Zagreb. Viewers reflect on what explains this frustration and the unwillingness to follow the government's policies, as well as on how to respond to them.
The right to freedom of speech and assembly also has its limits
says the Jutarnji list:
вЂњMost of those who gathered [last Friday] at the Zagreb 'Festival of Freedom' are supporters of conspiracy theories, convinced that the Covid-19 is not a threat вЂ” or is a fiction of the authorities wishing to reduce the freedoms of citizens in this way... The fact that freedom of speech is also enjoyed by those who promote crazy ideas is part of democracy. If someone wants to believe in people who are dandies, it is their right вЂ” although, of course, it is not pleasant if that person is your doctor. However, in a situation where there is a real danger to citizens, it is necessary to draw a red line. Those who, in a pandemic, refuse to follow minimum rules and restrictions to protect the health of others are a danger вЂ” and should be subject to sanctions.
The Irish Independent also does not come up with very consoling results:
вЂњThe first phase came when the virus had just appeared вЂ” it was an initial emergency situation. As a rule, in spite of fear, most people cope with this situation quite well. During the second phase, we realized the main features of the problem вЂ” and understood how to act: keep a social distance, wash your hands, cough in the palm of your hand, and put on a mask... The third phase is the most difficult. Here we put on the scales all those sacrifices and restrictions that we had to make over the past six months вЂ” and we see that the country continues to be in a suspended state, the tension has not gone anywhere вЂ” and one restriction is replaced by another. Every evening we hold our breath and follow the news summary: how many people have been infected today? Does it look like a success?
Freedom has been taken away little by little
Fear of the pandemic and the arbitrariness of the authorities have discouraged citizens from seeking freedom,вЂќ writes Spanish Delo correspondent Ursha Zabukovets:
вЂњThe coronavirus has not so much mutilated our body as crippled our minds, because we voluntarily renounced the previous quality of life. As a result of whistling, totally arbitrary restrictions, intimidation, and harassment, during the pandemic people seem to have come to terms with the fact that freedom is no longer given to them by God вЂ” as U.S. President Thomas Jefferson once said вЂ” but by certain social groups, that is, by authorities. They can, depending on today's interests, give us freedom вЂ” or take it away. The same thing is happening in our society [in Slovenia], whose minds are in a deep sleep.