BREAKING: Protesters Gridlock Capital Demanding Rollback Of Stay-At-Home Order

Sandy Malone

Thousands of Michiganders protesting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order shut down streets throughout Lansing.

Lansing, MI – Thousands of Michigan residents drove into the state capital on Wednesday morning and intentionally caused gridlock to protest Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

The Michigan Conservative Coalition (MCC) initiated the protest that spread like wildfire on social media under the hashtag “#OperationGridlock,” the Michigan Star reported.

"We are all concerned for those afflicted with COVID 19. Yes, many of the personal behaviors we have been reminded to use are good practices. Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick. That said, Michiganders are fed up!" MCC’s website read, according to WJBK.

Roads were packed by 9 a.m. for the noon protest on April 15, and traffic ground to a halt in Lansing by mid-morning.

Not everyone stayed in their cars once they arrived, though, according to WJBK.

Several people in attendance who were not social distancing told reporters that they did understand the health risks but that it was their right not to follow the governor’s order.

They said they wished Whitmer had more faith in the people who live in her state, WJBK reported.

Whitmer has pushed back on calls to ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions that have put thousands of Michiganders out of work and asked residents to have patience with her stay-at-home order, WILX reported.

"I want you to have your freedom, I want mine too,” the governor said. “We will get to a place where we can be with our friends and family again, where restaurants will open again, where we can go back to work safely again. We have a few tough days ahead of us, but those days where we can resume some normalcy, they are on the horizon if we keep doing what we need to do to get past this moment."

In fact, Whitmer tightened controls on what were considered “essential” businesses on April 9 by ordering stores to stop selling gardening supplies as she extended the state’s stay-at-home order to May 1.

"There is no reason why she can't be looking at some safe ways to be opening up businesses. Instead of talking about what's essential and nonessential, let's talk about what's safe and not safe," MCC spokesman Meshawn Maddock told WILX. "Safe businesses and safe workers need to get back to work."

As of Wednesday, Michigan had 27,001 positive cases of coronavirus with 1,768 fatalities, according to Bing's COVID-19 Tracker.

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Comments (34)
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Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Kudos to those people!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Pictures...

www.gettyimages.com/photos/lansing?family=editorial&phrase=lansing&sort=newest#license

KMdale
KMdale

The governor says gardening is non-essential.
I'm about fed-up with the tyranny. Government mandating what businesses can be open and now what products can be sold.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Governor Whitmer's executive order number 42 reads like something out of Venezuela...

tinyurl.com/wjpbfea

Wouldn't it be a better idea to just quarantine Detroit?

Rockitman
Rockitman

THANK YOU MICHIGANERS FOR STARTING THIS!!! True PATRIOTS!!!!!! I hope this action spreads over the free states of America like a plague!! We’re ALL tired of the bullshit!!

lakeboi
lakeboi

Question: Are these protestors protesting the quarantine orders also members of the "rule of law" party?

Gramercy
Gramercy

With some quarantining so TIGHT...I am beginning to wonder sat the validity of it all!

PropterHawk
PropterHawk

I think gang members in the ghetto should all open carry too.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

she shouldn't have band gardening supplies!

Stanracer
Stanracer

No wonder so many Americans are dieing from Covid-19. 🤔

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

so no arrests, even though they're gathered with no masks? not enough black people involved to have the cops care i suppose.


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