The Anti-Lockdown Protests Are Getting Weird - 2020-04-16
New York and Virginia's statehouses just became the latest venues for anti-lockdown protesters to vent their frustrations and demand that their respective governors reopen their economies despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The demand to "#ReOpenAmerica" made its way off the internet and into the real world in the past week, with rallies also taking place in Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, and Kentucky. Another is planned in Wisconsin on Friday. Wednesday's rally in Michigan, dubbed "Operation Gridlock," was by far the largest, with about 100 attendees who gathered in person or swarmed the Capitol with their cars, blocking traffic and even preventing an ambulance from getting through.
The rallies have, so far, featured guns, Guy Fawkes masks, members of the far-right Proud Boys group, possible links to the family of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and chants such as "Facts over fear!"