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Protesters Interrupt Governor's Televised Briefing, Chanting 'We Want To Work'

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Whether it is a shutdown-induced form of spring fever or the defiant opposition to authority that always seeps just under the surface of the American character, protesters are pushing back against government restrictions imposed to address the threat of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, for example, thousands of people marched in Michigan to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

Protests in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, also drove home the message that more and more Americans want the government to focus on reopening the economy, not adding layers of restrictions.

Protesters in Kentucky also marched Wednesday to demand that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear reopen the state, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

The Kentucky marchers timed their protest at the state capitol building in Frankfort to the hour when Beshear was holding his media briefing.

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Chanting phrases like “facts over fear” and “we want to work,” in addition to blowing horns, the roughly 100 people at the protest made such a ruckus that, inside, Beshear mentioned them during his virtual televised briefing, saying, “there’s some noise in the background.”

“We do have some folks up in here in Kentucky today — and everybody should be able to express their opinion — that believes we should reopen Kentucky immediately, right now,” Beshear said.

“Folks, that would kill people. It would absolutely kill people.”



The protesters were of a different mindset:

“Open up the church” and “you are not the king” were among the slogans they yelled at Beshear during their demonstration.

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“I think people are just sick and tired of this,” protest organizer Erika Calihan of Lexington told the Courier Journal.

At the top of the list of her demands was that small businesses be allowed to reopen, while implementing social-distancing policies.

She noted that chains such as Walmart are allowed to do so.

“We’re smart enough to build a company; I think we’re smart enough to operate it safely,” she said.

Calihan was asked whether it was possible that the protesters, who the media reported were not always six feet apart, might have or spread disease.

“I don’t know, I can’t control what diseases people have and don’t have. All I know is that people are fed up,” she replied.

“We just came here to hopefully get a message to Beshear to open up Kentucky,” Nora Falcon, 52, of Leitchfield, said.

“I want to be in my church with our parish.”

One legislator said citizens need to know that a return to normal economic life is in the cards.

“People are getting restless and nervous,” Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill told the Courier Journal.

“If they don’t feel like there’s a plan and a potential timeline for a return to normalcy, I’m afraid you will see more and more of that and/or people simply disregarding the restrictions.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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