With and without face masks, hundreds of people, including children and older adults, from various cities demonstrated in the streets of the United States. to challenge the authorities who have prolonged the containment measures to prevent the number of coronavirus cases from increasing.
As covid-19 death cases in the United States increase, hundreds of people they met in various cities such as Concord, in New Hampshire, Annapolis, Maryland, in Austin, Texas and in Ohio to protest the confinement measures for the coronavirus.
Demonstrations against isolation
The largest such demonstration so far has taken place in Lansing, Michigan, where some 3,000 people have expressed dissatisfaction with the confinement ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
In Concord, the capital of the state of New Hampshire, about 400 people they met in the rain to ask that quarantine not be extended in a state where covid-19 cases are relatively few.
A similar mobilization took place outside the Maryland government house in Annapolis, which involved some 200 people.
On the other hand, in Austin, Texas, some 250 people protested against the obligation to stay home. Their slogans denounced “the economic collapse” caused by the paralysis of all non-“essential” activities as a result of the confinement measures.
Austin protest promoter Alex Jones, founder of the far-right-linked news portal Infowars, arrived in a van with airs of battle tank causing shouts of joy of attendees.
They request lifting of measures
In some states with Democratic governments, the protests were encouraged by President Trump through his Twitter account, who has said that he is a supporter of a quick return to normal life.
However, there have also been mobilizations with claims against domestic isolation in states of the Republican government, such as New Hampshire (northeast), with 1.3 billion inhabitants, where confinement rules until May 4.
The protesters, including several flapping United States flags, call for the early lifting of the measure.
Men with their faces covered and carrying weapons could be seen among those protesting.
“People are very happy to do what is necessary voluntarily,” Skip Murphy, one of the protesters, a 63-year-old software developer, said in a telephone interview.
However, according to Murphy, “the data does not support” the closure that was imposed in New Hampshire. Until Friday morning, in that state it had 1,287 infections and 37 deaths from coronavirus.
“What about our constitutional rights?” Asks Murphy.
Protests encouraged by Donald Trump
A recent survey from the Pew Research Center indicated that most Americans, by a two-to-one margin, are concerned that mobility restrictions are lifted prematurely.
But Trump’s tweets on Friday, in which he called for “liberation” of Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, all states with Democratic governors, from confinement orders.
The Republican millionaire has repeated slogans with this message on several occasions, calling for an early return to normal activity due to the devastating effect that the measures to contain the pandemic have had on workers and companies.
However, health authorities have warned that an early softening of the measures could lead to the resurgence of the virus and cause a health disaster.
For Murphy, the New Hampshire protester, the protests go beyond parties. “This has nothing to do with Trump or the Democratic or Republican governors,” he said.
“It is a case in which the same size does not fit everyone. The confinement should end where it does not make sense.”