Madrid's association of doctors (AMYTS) organised a demonstration at the city's famous landmark of Puerta del Sol to honour the colleagues they lost in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday. The health workers also used the platform to protest their working conditions and the government's handling of the crisis.
«For all of them, a heartfelt tribute. We want to remember the 17 doctors who died in service in the Community of Madrid in a special way,» said AMYTS Deputy Secretary-General Angela Hernandez.
The protest included an emotional reading of the names of the fallen, as well as multiple tributes to their lost colleagues, including a heart on the ground upon which flowers were left.
A COVID-19 survivor also gave a speech.
«The pulmonologists, anesthetists, all of them, were taking care constantly of the patient, they never left us, they did not allow us to drop a single tear. I witnessed how these doctors didn't even stop to eat a small piece of bread because they were taking care of us,» said coronavirus survivor Juan Riera.
The demonstration was also a protest against the government's management of the crisis, and strong criticism appeared to be shared by all. «We felt that they [politicians] turned its back on us and left us naked against the virus, without weapons or resources to fight in a proper way against the pandemic and with a total lack of coordination. People died, doctors died because of the improvisation and the lack of protection,» said AMYTS Secretary-General Julian Ezquerra.
Spain has been one of the worst-hit nations by the coronavirus pandemic. Though the situation is now drastically improving, Spain has recorded 292,655 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began. There have been 28,315 deaths related to the virus nationwide.