BREAKING: Protesters Flood Pennsylvania Capital To Demand Governor Re-Open State

Sandy Malone

Thousands of protesters flooded Harrisburg to protest the governor's extended stay-at-home order on Monday.

Harrisburg, PA – Thousands of Pennsylvanians filled the streets of the state capital on Monday morning to demand that Governor Tom Wolf end the stay-at-home order that has closed most businesses in the state.

Although the protest wasn’t scheduled to start until noon, caravans of cars with writing on the windows began rolling into Harrisburg before day break, KYW reported.

Three groups initiated the demonstration - “Re-open Pennsylvania,” “End the Lockdown Pennsylvania,” and “Pennsylvania Against Excessive Quarantine,” WHTM reported.

“Government mandating sick people to stay home is called quarantine; however, the government mandating healthy citizens to stay home, forcing businesses and churches to close is called tyranny,” one of the protest leaders said.

The groups said they had encouraged social distancing at the event, but on Monday it didn’t look as though many people were observing the six-foot rule as protesters crowded the steps in front of the Capitol building.

Video of the event also showed that many protesters were not wearing face masks.

Pennsylvania lawmakers expressed concern about the rally ahead of its start, and pointed to the protests in Michigan, Maryland, and Minnesota as bad examples.

Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street, a Democrat from Philadelphia, said footage of protests in other states had him concerned, KYW reported.

“The manner in which this is being done, if it’s not done properly, if they don’t observe social distancing, they don’t wear masks, they could literally endanger their own lives and then take the virus back to their families,” Street said.

Pennsylvania has been under a stay-at-home under for seven weeks, WHTM reported.

As of Monday, 32,284 Pennsylvanians have tested positive for coronavirus and 1,112 have died, according to Bing’s COVID-19 Tracker.

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Comments (6)
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BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

To soon people

Farmer
Farmer

Elections have consequences ...

Stanracer
Stanracer

As if there hasn't been enough deaths in the US from Covid-19. Nothing good will come of this. It's too soon, people!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Time to get out there and make some arrests! Go popo! Go popo!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#thinkhard #socialdistancing


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