Protests of people have been sparked around the world from their homes against the lockdown orders, poor measures taken against COVID-19 of their government. The latest move have stirred the storm on internet urging authorities to tread carefully when restricting civil liberties in these exceptional situations.
Worldwide, people now have found alternatives to record their protests as from Kosovo to Spain and Brazil to the Philippines; pot-banging from balconies and windows emerges as a COVID-safe way to grab the attention of politicians.
Citizens protest in Kosovo
Citizens banged pots and pans in Kosovo from the balconies and windows every night to show their dissatisfaction with the current political situation — a power struggle in the ruling coalition over the emergency measures.
The protests did not stop the prime minister from losing a no-confidence motion on March 25, marking Kosovo’s government the first in the world to fall in the time of coronavirus crisis.
— Stefan in Kosovo (@StefanInKosovo) March 25, 2020
As the Kosovo government ousted, the decision to either form a new government or dissolve the country’s parliament and call for early elections falls to President Hashim Thaçi, the main beneficiary of the prime minister’s sacking. However, holding elections in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak seems impossible, leaving various important issues up in the air
In Spain, a cazerolada echoed
In Spain, cazerolada (a form of popular protest by banging pots and pans) echoed against the King Felipe I, when he gave a broadcasted speech urging for unity in combating coronavirus pandemic.
Spain: massive banging of pots and pans protest as the King starts a TV address to the nation. People in lockdown come out to their balconies to reject the Crown's corruption Solo puedo decir #NiVirusNiCorona.#Cacerolada pic.twitter.com/f4hTbz8a2Z#CoronaCiao
— Jorge Martin (@marxistJorge) March 18, 2020
People went to their windows and balconies to demand that his father, Juan Carlos I, donate the 100 million euros he allegedly has in a Swiss bank account, to the public health system.
Cacerolada de hace un rato. Pedro Sánchez DIMISIÓN, en Capitán Haya, Madrid. pic.twitter.com/FqD80On5sJ
— Alfredo Martínez (@alfmartinx) March 21, 2020
The pots and pans protest is in full swing in Brazil since March 17 echoeing at around 8:30 p.m. every night against how President Jair Bolsonaro is handling policies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in a country with 200 million people.
"Bolsonaro out!" says downtown São Paulo. pic.twitter.com/KTS2SoYO71
— Euan Marshall (@euanmarshall) March 18, 2020
#ProtestFromHome in the Philippines
In Philippines, an urban poor group Kadamay, organized pots and pans protest to highlight the slow delivery of food assistance from the government. The lockdown order is underway aimed at containing the COVID-19 outbreak, also disrupted the livelihood of street vendors and other workers from the informal sector.
Argentine women protest against domestic violence
In Argentina, the pots and pans were banged in protests over the increasing domestic violence against women during quarantine.
Thousands of women took part in the protest from their windows and balconies.
Este lunes por la noche, se escuchó un cacerolazo en diferentes barrios de Buenos Aires. Bajo la consigna #Ruidazo, se pidió la reducción de los salarios del sector político en medio de la pandemia del coronavirus pic.twitter.com/RpQQ24oyYp
— CNN Argentina (@CNNArgentina) March 31, 2020
Care for the vulnerable in Uruguay
Sound of kitchenware was also heard in Uruguay where citizens called for social protection measures for the helpless during the coronavirus crisis.
— Herni (@hernisuy) March 26, 2020