Thousands gather without social distancing to protest Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order
Thousands of protesters descended on the Wisconsin State Capitol on Friday as they called for coronavirus restrictions implemented by Gov. Tony Evers (D) to be lifted.
Photos of the massive demonstration show protesters packed on the capitol’s steps, breaking social distancing guidelines as they crammed into the area standing shoulder to shoulder.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that protesters cheered “USA” and circulated petitions to recall Evers. Protesters also reportedly held signs reading “All Workers, Are Essential” and “Death…. is preferable to communism.”
Some also carried American flags and assault-style rifles.
If you’re unaware of what’s happening in Wisconsin, this is what Madison looks like right now. Thousands gather to protest Gov. Evers shelter-in-place order. Stay safe, Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/9IMnflxskj
— Sam Li (@TheSamLi) April 24, 2020
— Tanner Kahler (@tannerkahler) April 24, 2020
Hundreds have gathered for the “Reopen Wisconsin” rally at the state Capitol. Some are maintaining distance, most aren’t. No visible guns or confederate flags yet and only one swastika. More to come. pic.twitter.com/mM1gMDVPIc
— Madison365 (@madison_365) April 24, 2020
The original stay-at-home order was supposed to end Friday, but last week, Evers extended it to May 26. Evers’s new extension of stay-at-home orders does make some adjustments, including the opening of golf courses.
As of Friday evening, Wisconsin health officials said there were 5,356 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state and 262 deaths.
Between Thursday and Friday, the state saw 304 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, its highest increase yet.
Last night in advance of the #Wisconsin pandemic protest planned for today at the Capitol, nurses here in Madison placed over 1,300 candles on the Capitol stairs representing all #Covid_19 hospitalizations here thus far.
(Photos from Mariah Selene Clark, a nurse, on FB) pic.twitter.com/TLSouZqgcf
— Sami Schalk (@DrSamiSchalk) April 24, 2020
“We need to open Wisconsin,” she said. “Workers need to open the businesses. Churches need to open. If you can open the slaughterhouses of abortion clinics, you can open churches.”
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