[National Review] Europe's Anti-Lockdown Moment

Jorge González-Gallarza
1 min readMay 15, 2020
Protesters demand support from the government for small businesses and the easing of lockdown measures, in Kiev, Ukraine May 6, 2020 (Photo: Gleb Garanich / Reuters)

Though polluted by the alt-right, gun-toters and conspiracists, America’s worship of civil liberties was on unsettling display over recent weeks as anti-lockdown protests swept from Lansing to San Diego and from Madison to Boston’s Beacon Hill. From London to Seine-Saint Denis and from Munich to Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, a similar defiance of state intrusion is now arising in parts of Europe. As the continent starts to emerge from the pandemic, could these protests better catalyze lockdown fatigue into a cogent case for reopening?

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Jorge González-Gallarza

A writer in Paris, Jorge's work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Conservative, The National Interest and elsewhere.