PROTESTS against the coronavirus lockdown in the US have sparked fierce worldwide demonstrations in a bid to end quarantines.
Unrest broke out in countries across the world demanding an end to the stay-at-home measures following the ongoing protests in the US as gun-wielding activists converged on the state capital of Pennsylvania.
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Lockdown rules, which experts say are essential to slow the spread of the virus have ground the economy across all continents to a virtual standstill.
From Trump supporters in the US defying strict quarantine rules, to labourers struggling in some of the poorest parts of India begging to be allowed to work, the lockdown measures have resulted in angry protests erupting in a number of countries across the world.
The US is quickly becoming the new epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 792,938 cases and 42,518 deaths reported.
Across America, groups of demonstrators — some armed with high-powered assault rifles — have been seen taking to the streets in protest of lockdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of the killer virus.
It comes as unemployment numbers across the nation reached an unprecedented 22 million — wiping out the gains made in the decade since the 2008 financial crisis.
And the country's protests have set off a chain reaction across the globe.
In India, where there are 18,658 confirmed coronavirus cases and 592 deaths, clashes erupted in Delhi as thousands of workers arrived expecting trains to take them to their homes.
Police used wooden sticks to disperse the crowds, who chanted: "Feed us or send us home."
A poll of 11,000 migrant workers showed 96 per cent had received no Government food aid since the lockdown began.
Meanwhile, in France, protests erupted over the alleged poor treatment of minorities by the police.
In the northern Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne, youngsters clashed with officers after a 28-year-old man was injured by an unmarked police car.
In order to disperse crowds who set bins on fire and let off fireworks, cops turned to their batons and threw tear gas.
Cops turned to their batons and used tear gas to disperse crowds who set bins on fire and let off fireworks.
So far, France has 155,383 reported virus cases and 20,265 deaths.
Similarly, at least a thousand people rallied against lockdown restrictions in Vladikavkaz, Russia, yesterday afternoon.
Hundreds of local residents packed the city’s main square, demanding to speak to the governor as the country's death toll rose to 456.
Their concerns about the economic fallout of the lockdown are mixed with an inherent distrust in local authorities who are widely perceived as corrupt.
Elsewhere in Brazil, which has reported 40,814 coronavirus cases and 2,588 deaths so far, saw its president, Jair Bolsonaro, refuse to enact nationwide lockdown measures.
Polls show a majority of Brazilians disagree with the president and support stay-at-home measures.
On Sunday, he joined a group of 600 protesters who gathered in front of Army headquarters in Brasilia to protest against stay-at-home measures enacted by individual state governors and called for a return to military rule.
Tensions also reached boiling point in South Africa where riots and looting have taken place in Cape Town, as a result of chronic food shortages.
With 58 confirmed deaths in the country, police were forced to use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters, as the sale of all non-essential items, including alcohol and cigarettes, has been banned.
It comes after the World Health Organization warned that Africa could become the next epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
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