We’ve seen Michigan and Virginia and Arizona rising up, but what we were waiting for was the urbanite scum on the East Coast, who have thus far stood with the lockdown for political partisan reasons, to finally rise up.
This has finally begun.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday to demonstrate against the closures ordered during the coronavirus pandemic.
The demonstrators called for nonessential businesses to reopen and designated Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) stay-at-home order as unconstitutional.
The crowds chanted “Freedom” and “USA” and carried signs saying “End shutdown” and “Tyranny is not leadership,” according to CBS Boston and ABC affiliate WCVB5. Some protesters in the crowd wore masks, while others did not.
#BREAKING Protesters taking to the streets outside of the Massachusetts State House calling for the Governor to reopen the state, protesting the stay at home advisory. Some also appear to be protesting the mask mandate that takes effect on Wednesday #7News pic.twitter.com/hRHMopJlcB
— Mike Fahey (@michaelefahey) May 4, 2020
Huge crowd outside of the MA Statehouse calling for the governor to end the lockdown and reopen businesses. State Police are controlling the crowds and managing traffic on Beacon Street. #WBZ
Lots of people standing close together with no mask on. pic.twitter.com/CkvAMYBYPJ
— Tiffany Chan (@TiffanyChanWBZ) May 4, 2020
Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement that officials estimate more than 500 protesters were in attendance. The demonstration began at about 1:30 p.m., and the scene was cleared by 3:30 p.m.
Procopio said there were no arrests, disorder or violence.
Last week, Baker announced that nonessential businesses would remain closed until at least May 15, when the stay-at-home order and the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people are currently set to expire.
“It’s not a pandemic!” speaker claims. “The reason why they’re doing this … to turn the United States of America into the United Socialist States of America.” pic.twitter.com/O7fdaPQVck
— Matt Stout (@MattPStout) May 4, 2020
Baker told reporters Monday that the state believes experts who say a downward trend is necessary before reopening the government.
“I think all of us believe collectively here that the decisions that we’ve made were the ones that we felt were the best among bad choices,” Baker said. “We made them based on science and guidance that we got from people who study pandemics and infectious diseases in many different places.”
The governor has said Massachusetts is weeks away from announcing a reopening strategy as the advisory board continues to work on it.
Yeah, we’ve been “weeks away” for months, and it’s going to remain weeks away for years at this rate.
People need to stand up and fight. The economy is finished, there’s no protesting that. But we need to push to have our freedoms returned to us. Living in a post-collapse hell is going to be a lot more uncomfortable if we’ve got no freedoms.
Right now, these protests are going to form the basis of a new political movement against the lockdown and virus mania system that has been implemented.