While many people globally are adhering to staying at home orders issued by governments, there are still those who believe the pandemic is nothing to be scared about. Although the US records the highest cases of COVID-19 in the world, Americans are gathering in massive crowds to protest quarantine orders.
The #OperationGridlock protest in Lansing, Michigan on 15 April, even blocked an ambulance from entering the hospital. One outraged medical worker recorded his live reaction, saying that the protest blocked his way to work: “I can’t do my job because y’all decided to block up every entrance way to get to the hospital!”. According to Now This News, protestors were instructed to stay in their cars and cause traffic jams.
“I’ve had a quadruple bypass. I’ve had a heart attack, a stroke and I’m still not afraid to go out in public,” one protestor said. “It’s how you take care of yourself.” Another protestor said that it’s time for the state to be opened up. “We’re tired of not being able to buy the things that we need, go to the hairdressers, get our hair done.”
Apart from Michigan, CNBC reported that protestors from Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland, New Hampshire, Idaho, Texas and California gathered in cities and outside their state legislatures to demand the reopening of the economy and end to quarantine measures.
Protestors were seen holding placards with political statements and demands, with some even brandishing weapons.
“Even Pharaoh Freed Slaves During a Plague”
“It is just a COLD VIRUS!”
“Give me liberty or give me COVID”
“My Body, My Choice”
“The lockdown is killing us. NOT COVID-19”
“It wasn’t really about the stay-at-home orders at all. It was essentially a political rally, a political statement that flies in the face of all the science, all of the best practices, and the stay-at-home order that was issued,” said Governor Whitmer in a response to the protest in Michigan. “This is the kind of behaviour that extends the need for stay-at-home orders, that spreads COVID-19,” she continued.
WHO reported that there are more than 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 600,000 deaths worldwide. The US leads with more than 700,000 cases and over 40,000 deaths. New York alone has more than 200,000 confirmed cases.
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