BROOKFIELD – Nearly a thousand people packed up a sidewalk adjacent to Bluemound Ave in Brookfield on Saturday afternoon to protest Governor Tony Evers’s decision to extend Wisconsin’s stay on home orders until May 26. Some wore masks and chose to participate in the parking lot while the majority stood shoulder to shoulder on the sidewalk waving and cheering on passing cars honking or showing signs of solidarity.
Sometimes Brookfield Police slowly pass to remind people to stay away from the road and Brookfield Square police and security vehicles are present in the parking lot, but groups of children, youth and adults feel at peace.
Many in the protest carried the American and Gadsden flags along with homemade signs, with most calling for the reopening of the church, parks and the country’s economy. There are signs and T-shirts protesting against Governor Evers directly, along with Donald Trump and Mike Pence 2020, campaign signs, flags and bumper stickers.
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Former Wisconsin state councilor Don Pridemore has a campaign vehicle on site, when he is running for the State Senate in the 13th district. Brookfield Party Rental placed three trucks along the sidewalk in a parking lot to support the protest, with signs on a truck calling for the withdrawal of Governor Evers and the opening of the country.
For Paul Matson of Menomonee Falls, that’s why he protested.
“It’s time to open something,” he said. “This is not common in all states. That’s normal in Milwaukee. That’s normal in Madison. Their key. I don’t need to be locked. I can respect. I have a mask on my car. If I go shopping, I wear it. I have hand sanitizer. I washed my hands. There is no reason for all this overreaction. “
Matson was one of the protesters who chose to participate by walking away from the sidewalk and without face protection but felt there had been a report of an illness that had hurt the President.
Most signboards mainly call for business reopening, although others question the validity of the pandemic and the lack of testing and drugs.
“My concern is about the cost of preventive actions dictated by the government, that it is not worth the threat of the virus,” Dr. Lawrence Sullivan from Juneau. “I think the threat of people who are infected with the virus and falling ill here is something they can decide on, what level of risk they want to take.”
A married couple from New Berlin who wanted not to reveal their names were present with masks and joined the group on the sidewalk.
“It happened – COVID-19 is out there and we have to be careful – but I think as far as business is concerned I think it must be a personal decision,” the woman said. “I think it’s just a decision that people can make themselves. And if you go down with it and you die, it’s yours. That’s the decision you have to make. If I die because I came here today, I guess … . “
“I think I said my part. We are retired. Social security and fortunately have a pension too. But there are many people who really struggle there. This disease is real and so is what happens to people who don’t have COVID-19 and their livelihoods. “
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