This is the moment women break Spain’s coronavirus lockdown to illegally hold an Easter parade in the streets after it was banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The incident was filmed in the municipality of Porcuna in the province of Jaen located in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain.
The nine women were enacting a procession ceremony on Friday 3rd April which was due to take place during Easter week but was called off due to Spain’s COVID-19 lockdown.
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Easter processions in Spain typically see residents walk on the street in organised groups from Palm Sunday on 5th April to Easter Sunday on 12th April.
One video shows the moment the nine women walk down a street wearing black clothes and holding candles as music plays in the background.
In another video, a local records the group walking from his window on street-level and says “I can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it.”
The women can be seen wearing black clothes and head attire imitating the customary clothes worn during the procession.
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Some are seen laughing as several other neighbours record the group from their windows and speak with them.
Town Mayor Miguel Moreno made a statement explaining that local authorities were notified of the incident but were not able to find the women, however, the quarantine-skippers reportedly contacted him and “admitted their mistake” feeling “anguish” for the incident.
Moreno said the Spanish Civil Guard will be in charge of the sanction to be applied and regardless of the fine “they must ask for forgiveness to the town they have offended” which he says they “told me they will do it.”
It is unclear if the women have already received their fine or how much it will be.
Spain has been one of the hardest-hit by COVID-19 and has remained in lockdown since 14th March. All major events across the country including the annual religious ceremonies have been cancelled.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has reported 135,032 cases of the virus leading to 13,055 deaths.
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