Protesters, Some Armed, Storm Into the Michigan State House to Protest Stay-at-Home Order

May 1, 2020

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Hundreds of protesters, some with rifles, stormed Michigan State Capitol Building on Thursday to protest stay-at-home rules, according to The New York Post. Some lawmakers inside were so afraid they put on bulletproof vests and Capitol police had to step in and protect lawmakers inside.

"This is the people's house, you cannot lock us out," they chanted, along with "let us in!" and "lock her up!" State lawmakers were afraid to see several men with rifles in the public gallery, who shouted at the senators below them.

“Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us,” Michigan State Sen. Dayna Polehanki posted on Twitter, sharing a picture. “Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them. I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today," she continued. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has recently eased some rules to let some return to work after declaring a state of emergency and issuing a stay-at-home order and other restrictions.