Hundreds of Armed Protesters Enter Michigan Statehouse
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Gun-toting demonstrators have protested in the state capitol building against Michigan’s coronavirus lockout. Hundreds of armed protesters assembled in Lansing and many didn’t wear masks or distance from society. Police tested their temperatures before authorizing them to reach the capital, where lawmakers debated.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, prolonged her period of stay-at-home until 15 May earlier this month. The coronavirus had struck Michigan hard, with 3,788 deaths. The Midwestern state has reported more than 41,000 infections, many in the Detroit metro area.
Michigan United for Liberty called a rally Thursday, dubbed the “American Patriot Rally.” This called for the reopening of state corporations on 1 May in breach of state orders. Holding firearms inside the statehouse is legal, and some protesters were carrying weapons openly in the Senate gallery. But allegedly some armed demonstrators tried to reach the chamber floor and were stopped by state police and sergeants-at-arms.
One state senator said many of her colleagues were wearing bulletproof waistcoats.
Biggest Rally in Michigan
The rally is assuming to be the largest of its kind since one on April 15 when demonstrators from Michigan sit in their cars to create traffic around the statehouse. President Donald Trump tweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” backed the protesters at the time. Some critics have said his tweets are an effort to promote rebellion.
Governor Whitmer’s offer to extend her emergency orders rejects by the Republican-control legislature on Thursday. So, we also pave the way she prosecutes for handling the pandemic. She hit back that the extension doesn’t need statutory authorisation. The governor accused Republicans on Wednesday of viewing the virus as a “political problem” instead of a “crisis of public health.”
Many states in the US-including Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina-have took measures to relax restrictions on virus mitigation. A Michigan court ruled on Wednesday that lockout orders from the governor were not unconstitutional, as five citizens of the state had argued in a lawsuit against the governor.