Why do social conflicts appear in times of pandemic?

Several Dutch towns have been the scene of riots following the introduction of a curfew. A hardly new social protest in view of the various epidemics that have crossed history.

“The president does not seem to fear a revolt or riots like in the Netherlands.” If the words of the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, are meant to be reassuring, they clearly testify to a fear that has gripped the government and the President of the Republic. After a week of riots in the Netherlands, the most important for 40 years, faced with the establishment of a curfew to control the Covid-19 epidemic, the possibility that the French will not accept a third containment is on everyone’s mind.

Because protests are multiplying across the world. “Anti-mask” demonstrations in Germany, rallies to denounce the confinement in working-class neighborhoods of Madrid in September, the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement… Faced with an epidemic that has killed more than two million people, the fatigue of the population is present. Nothing new, after all. “Throughout history, it’s almost cyclical, when there is a pandemic, there is unrest

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