The demonstration that was held this Sunday in Madrid’s Plaza de Colón It is, at the moment, the most massive act of groups that deny the coronavirus pandemic in Spain.
Convened by the anti-vaccine and anti-mask movements and by appeals from public persons such as singer Miguel Bosé, to the appointment, what will be investigated by the Government Delegation in Madrid for not complying with security measures, some 2,500 people attended.
The question is obvious: how have these groups been able to achieve such a massive adherence to their messages? Social networks, as well as WhatsApp chains which are forwarded to thousands of telephones, are the main loudspeakers of these groups, which had previously manifested in other parts of the world, such as the United States.
Their messages are varied and, one by one, they have been denied by experts and scientists, who have also warned of the danger of following these theses. We break down some of them below.
To begin with, it should be noted that the protesters in Colón do not believe in the coronavirus pandemic that has been keeping the world in check for more than eight months. They do not believe that the virus that causes Covid-19 exists Nor that the thousands of deaths that are counted around the world have died from this new disease.
They also do not believe in diagnostic tests (they claim that PCR reveals false positives) and they influence a thesis that is reinforced in the anti-vaccine movement: the pandemic is an excuse for the powerful to take away citizens’ freedom and control their lives.
The deniers are also against the use of masks, because the population does not have to protect itself from anything. “We are not afraid, we are the resistance”, were some of the slogans that were heard this Sunday in Colón.
For the anti-mask movement, these protections cause hyperventilation, make their wearers breathe their own “exhaled waste”, cause poisoning “by inhalation of microparticles” and a long list of contraindications that have been denied, one by one, by doctors and scientists.
The photograph of a surgical mask accompanied by these alleged contraindications produced by its use is one of the most used resources by this group to spread their messages on social networks.
The anti-vaccine movement already existed before the coronavirus and there are studies that have identified its rise with populism. Between the false mantras repeated by this group, they state that vaccines cause serious adverse effects (such as autism, paralysis or problems in pregnancy, among others) and that they are useless because they prevent diseases that have already been eradicated.
This group also claims that vaccines they only serve to enrich the pharmaceutical companies that market them, companies that restrict doctors and scientists to administer vaccines, taking away the right to decide from parents, who are the ones who know what is best for their children.
Anti-vaccines obviate that these antibiotics are capable of saving between two and three million lives each year, according to figures from the World Health Organization and the coronavirus pandemic has only given more prominence to adherents of these conspiracy theories
In Josep Pàmies, a farmer from Lleida who promotes pseudotherapies, the anti-vaccines for Covid-19 have found one of their main supporters in Spain in Spain. Pamiés has already organized acts of “disobedience” this year in Spain ensuring that “kisses and hugs prevent Covid-19”. For these events that put the health of the entire population at risk is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office and it has been denounced by groups of doctors.
But not only Pamiés has launched hoaxes about the usefulness of vaccines: in various circles linked to the Catholic Church these theories have also been given voice.
At the beginning of June, it was the Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cañizares, who during a homily assured that they were using stem cells from aborted fetuses to get a coronavirus vaccine and described this alleged investigation as “a work of the devil.”
Shortly after, it was the president of the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), José Luis Mendoza, who pointed out during a conference that the coronavirus vaccine it was to be a way to control the world population by inoculating chips into the human body. This conspiracy would have been concocted by tycoons like Bill Gates or George Soros and 5G technology was another of their tools to achieve this global control, according to Mendoza.
In this review of hoaxes, false messages and without any logical sense, we could not fail to mention the flat-earth movement, another group that has enjoyed some relevance in recent months.
The Flat Earth International Conference, which defends this thesis, precisely had prepared for this year a cruise with the purpose of reaching the wall of ice that surrounds the Earth, according to them. This is how it was disseminated last year and nothing else has been known about this expedition …