By Stefan J. Bos, Special Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Protests continue in the United States against the perceived “tyrannical” lockdown orders to halt the coronavirus pandemic. In Richmond, Virginia, dozens of people gathered outside the state legislature Thursday in defiance of stay-at-home rules, which the governor instituted until June 10. “STOP the MADNESS! It’s just a COLD VIRUS! End the shutdown for the GOOD of U.S. all!” read one sign.
Earlier crowds of people demonstrated in the U.S. states of Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Wyoming amid growing concerns the lockdowns could bring down the world’s largest economy. “We want to go back to work, we have employees,” a businesswoman shouted at one of these rallies.
An organizer of protests in Michigan, Meshawn Maddock of the Michigan Conservative Coalition Quarantine, called the quarantines’ tyranny’. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful,” Maddock said.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said protesters likely lengthened lockdowns. “The sad irony here is that they may have just created the need to lengthen it,” she complained.
Traffic around the statehouse in Lansing was jammed for hours by the rally, dubbed “Operation Gridlock.” Michigan has one of the country’s fastest-
growing infection rates for the new coronavirus, with more than 27,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,800 deaths, officials say.
As tensions escalate, U.S. President Donald Trump said this week he had the power to override state governors who did not move to restart economic activity. But he later said he would work with them on their efforts to reopen.
The rallies in the U.S. come as social unrest spreads to other countries including India, which faces the world’s largest forced isolation. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the nationwide lockdown for the country’s 1.3 billion people to May 3.
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