People Protest Stay-at-Home Orders at Events Throughout the U.S.

April 16, 2020

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This week, people in several states held protests opposing the stay-at-home orders in place in their states, according to New York magazine. In Michigan on Wednesday, "Operation Gridlock” took place in Lansing, blocking at least one ambulance. Protesters asked people to stay in their cars, but dozens stood outside the Capitol building waving pro-Trump and anti-Governor Whitmer signs. The protest happened after four Michigan citizens sued the governor, claiming Whitmer violated their First and Fifth Amendment rights. “It’s taking a sledgehammer to an ant,” their attorney said.  On Tuesday, more than 100 protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina, protested from their cars. "The hospitals are empty. Nobody is sick with COVID. All of these COVID deaths are being attributed to COVID that aren’t COVID deaths,” a Raleigh resident said. In Ohio, protesters showed up at the capitol during Governor Dewine's press briefings, waving signs. Many weren't practicing social distancing.