Right-Wing Anti-Lockdown Protesters Hung an Effigy of Kentucky's Democrat Governor From a Tree - 2020-05-25

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F0.png Right-Wing Anti-Lockdown Protesters Hung an Effigy of Kentucky's Democrat Governor From a Tree May 25, 2020, Paul Blest, Vice News

The group Take Back Kentucky hosted the "freedom-oriented" rally in the state capital of Frankfort, but eventually it turned into a more general protest against the state's coronavirus lockdown and against the Democratic governor, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

After a larger rally at the state capitol and a march to the governor's mansion and back with a smaller crowd, two men (including one reportedly wearing an armband of the far-right 3Percenters militia) helped hang the effigy of Beshear bearing the message "sic semper tyrannis" — Latin for "thus always to tyrants," and believed to be what John Wilkes Booth said after assassinating Abraham Lincoln — from a tree outside of the Capitol building.

Eventually the effigy of Beshear was cut down. "There's a gentleman that came up. He was pretty upset about it, and he cut it down," freelance journalist Gerry Seavo James told CNN . "And he was like this has no place at this rally. We're trying to be peaceful."

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{{cite news | first = Paul | last = Blest | title = Right-Wing Anti-Lockdown Protesters Hung an Effigy of Kentucky's Democrat Governor From a Tree | url = https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/3azq83/right-wing-anti-lockdown-protesters-hung-an-effigy-of-kentuckys-democrat-governor-from-a-tree | work = Vice News | date = May 25, 2020 | accessdate = May 26, 2020 }}