Miami – Fifty protesters placed bags with alleged shrouded “corpses” in a park in downtown Miami, to honor “the lives lost by COVID-19” and protest the government’s “bad response” to unemployment caused by the pandemic.
Led by the independent Florida New Majority political organization (NewFM), protesters first staged a “funeral procession” from an unemployment office located in the northwest of the city, driving to Downtown with 100 plastic bags. of “corpses” tied to the roof of the vehicles.
During the “funeral procession,” protesters demanded more financial aid for the unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, demanding that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “speed up” and “immediately” expand unemployment benefits for Floridians. who need it.RELATED
“Florida is a management horror on the subject of the pandemic. The governor refuses to act as it should be. There are 1.5 million unemployed … These people cannot pay their rents and are about to stay without houses, “Colombian Carlos Naranjo told Efe.
“We have 100 bodies representing the 100,000 people who are about to die right now; 100,000 victims in the United States, the richest and most powerful country in the entire world. One hundred thousand people who did not have to die,” emphasized Naranjo.
At the foot of the Torch of Friendship monument, built in 1960 in Downtown to recognize immigrant workers from all over Latin America, Bernadette Campos indicated for her part that she went to protest because her unemployment “check” had not arrived.
“I am personally claiming my check from the governor. This is an inoperative and bad system to collect unemployment, a system that did not work for millions of unemployed people who have lost their jobs in the country,” Campos said.
“Eight weeks have passed, I have a disabled husband and a house to attend to. I just want an answer: Governor, where’s my money?” Asked this woman, who said that she had been employed by “an American company.”
In a statement, the Florida New Majority indicated that “funeral processions” were also organized in various cities of the state to hold the governor and President Donald Trump responsible for speeding up “to convenience” the reopening of the state.
The groups Organize Florida, Jobs with Justice of Central Florida, Florida Student Power Network and Dream Defenders were also convened by NewFM this afternoon in the cities of Miami (southeast of the state), Orlando (center), Tampa (west coast) and Jacksonville ( northwest) to carry out the symbolic protest.
“While many of us are still struggling to survive, we owe months of rent and services. DeSantis is pushing people to return to work, even though that means putting our health and the lives of our families and peers at risk. work, “said Serena Pérez, director of NewFM Organizers.
“We don’t need an arbitrary reopening based on dubious data cooked up by our state government, we need unemployment checks and rent relief now!” He demanded.
According to its website, NewFM is an independent political organization that “works to increase the voting and political power of historically marginalized and excluded constituencies towards an inclusive, equitable and fair Florida.”
From March 1 to today, according to the Florida Department of Health, the state accumulates 52,634 confirmed cases of COVID-19 through testing and 2,319 deaths.
Sixty people died in Florida from the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, one of the highest death rates on record since the state’s economic “reopening,” but the growth in infections was by contrast one of the lowest, with 379 new cases.
The United States surpassed on Wednesday the 100,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic by accounting for 100,047, thus becoming the first country in the world to exceed that number, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
The number of infections is now 1,695,776, also the first in the world with a difference ahead of Brazil (391,222), Russia (370,680) and the United Kingdom (268,616).