Coronavirus: Armed Protesters Enter Michigan State


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Media captionMichigan protesters denounce Covid-19 state of emergency

Armed protesters against the Michigan coronavirus lockup gathered in the state capital building.

Hundreds of protesters, some of them armed, gathered in Lansing and many wore neither masks nor social distance.

The police checked their temperature before some were allowed to enter the capital, where lawmakers were chatting.

Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay at home earlier this month until May 15.

Michigan is one of the states most affected by the coronavirus, with 3,788 deaths from Covid-19.

More than 41,000 infections have been recorded across the state, most in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Thursday’s protest, dubbed the “Rally of the American Patriots,” was organized by Michigan United for Liberty. He called for the reopening of state-owned enterprises on May 1, in violation of state orders.

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Some protesters were allowed to enter the building after checking their temperature

It is legal to carry firearms inside the state house, and several protesters openly carried firearms in the Senate gallery.

However, some armed demonstrators are said to have tried to enter the bedroom floor and were reportedly blocked by state police and military sergeants.

A state senator said that several of his colleagues were wearing bullet-proof vests.

Images of protesters outside the building showed them by chanting “Let us in! “,” Let us work “and” This is the house of the people, you cannot lock us up “.

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“Governor Whitmer and our legislature are finished. Open this state, “said Republican congressional candidate Mike Detmer.

“Let’s get the business going again. Let’s make sure there are jobs to take over. “

“The virus is there,” protester Joni George told The Associated Press. “It’s going to be here … It’s time to let people go back to work. That’s all there is to it. “

The rally is believed to be the largest of its kind since April 15, when Michigan protesters sat in their cars to create traffic around the state house.

President Donald Trump threw his support behind protesters at the time, tweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN”. Some critics have said his tweets were an attempt to foment the insurgency.

The Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday denied Governor Whitmer’s request to extend his emergency orders.

They also paved the way for her to be prosecuted for her management of the pandemic. She replied that she did not need legislative authority for the extension.

On Wednesday, the governor accused Republicans of treating the virus as a “political problem” rather than a “public health crisis”.

Many US states – including Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina – have taken steps to ease restrictions on virus mitigation.

A Michigan court on Wednesday ruled that the governor’s restraining orders were not unconstitutional, as five state residents claimed in a lawsuit against the governor.

“Although the Court is painfully aware of the difficulties of living under the restrictions of these decrees, these difficulties are temporary, while for those who contract the virus and cannot recover (and for their family members and friends) , they are only too permanent. “, Wrote judge Christopher M Murray of the Michigan Claims Court.


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