Buenos Aires, Aug 16 (EFE).- Hundreds of people took part in the “march of the stones” in Argentina on Monday to honor those who had died due to Covid-19 during the past year-and-a-half and protest against President Alberto Fernández’s administration for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The emotional march was convened on social media by citizens who were unable to say goodbye to loved ones or be with them during their last moments due to health restrictions that prevented them from going near their sick family members, travel within the country or perform funeral ceremonies.
The participants placed a stone in front of Casa Rosada, the seat of the government, and at the Olivos presidential residence, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, but also in other iconic spots in the interior of the country.
Each stone – of different sizes and shapes – paid tribute to each coronavirus victim as family members and friends wrote the names of those who had succumbed to the disease, adding the date and place of death and painting hearts or the country’s flag.
The march took place at the end of a day, during which the number of Covid-19 deaths in Argentina since the start of the pandemic reached 109,105.
The march took on another dimension after leaked photos showed a dozen people, including President Fernández, celebrating the birthday of the first lady, Fabiola Yáñez, at the Olivos presidential residence on July 14, 2020, when the country was in the middle of a strict lockdown, in violation of the government’s own rules. EFE