Thousands of protesters have again taken to the streets calling for an end to stay-at-home orders issued amidst the coronavirus pandemic. A
Thousands of protesters have again taken to the streets calling for an end to stay-at-home orders issued amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
While lockdown protesters have been framed as pro-Trump conservatives, large, passionate rallies were also held in large, liberal cities across the U.S. Friday.
Hundreds turned out for a rowdy march in Chicago, while demonstrators also assembled in New York City and Los Angeles.
Attendees defied social distancing protocols and brandishing, guns, flags and signs calling for ‘freedom’.
Anti-lockdown rallies have increased in size and intensity over the past week, as many Americans revolt against order to stay home to stem the spread of COVID-19.
As of Friday, more than one million Americans have contracted the contagious virus, and more than 63,000 have died.
Still, anti-lockdown protesters claim the long-term effects of shutting down the economy will be more damaging than the actual virus itself – and are demanding state governments reopen businesses.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets at demonstrations across the country ordering an end of to government mandated lockdowns issued amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of young men held semiautomatic weapons as they marched towards the city’s Old Capitol Building
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: There was a large turnout at an anti-lockdown rally in Chicago, with many ignoring advice to wear face masks in public
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Hundred turned up to a ‘We Have Rights’ rally in Los Angeles, where demonstrators appeared to tussle with police
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: L.A. lockdown protesters descended upon City Hall, and unfurled graphic banners that took aim at Governor Gavin Newsom
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: One protester shielded his face with an American flag bandanna
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA: One man clad in a camouflage stood at the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol waving an American flag
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA: Protesters are pictured at a rally in Huntington Beach, which has long been a Republican enclave in largely liberal Southern California
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA: Many protesters believe the economic impacts caused by the lockdowns will be more devastating than the COVID-19 virus itself
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA: Protesters from ‘ReOpen California’ demonstrate outside the State Capitol
Raleigh, North Carolina
Several rallies have been held in Raleigh in recent days, with protesters urging North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to lift lockdown orders which have been extended until May 8.
But on Friday, nearly a dozen armed men marched towards the Old Capitol Building in defiance of social distancing recommendations and pleas to stay home.
Several members openly brandished semi-automatic weapons as they made their way to the building.
According to the News & Observer, the men were told they cannot protest while openly carrying their firearms.
We were told we can’t use our 1st Amendment and our 2nd Amendment at the same time,” Wagner said. “We’ll be back on Tuesday to do the 1st,’ one told the publication.