Protesters are expected to gather at the capitol again Thursday morning – they spoke out against emergency requests from Governor Whitmer which were extended.
The protest will start around 9 am in Lansing, but the organizers of the event face some challenges.
Promoting the event is difficult because Facebook deleted the event post, saying it ignores the country’s social distance guidelines.
Still, protesters say they will appear. Just Wednesday in Lansing – we saw social unrest in the gallery house.
Michigan State Police are investigating what caused the fight this Wednesday at the Michigan home gallery.
Three women were moved, one in the ambulance – no arrests.
Those who attended the protest Thursday morning who chose not to practice social distance could face tickets. But according to Attorney General Dana Nessel, a warning must be issued before a ticket is written.
It came just a day before another planned protest in the state capital over restrictions related to COVID-19.
“We want Michigan to be open, we want Michigan to go back to work,” said Jason Howland, a protest organizer.
This time, the protest was at the governor’s push to extend the Michigan state of emergency.
“We put the event together, we put it on Facebook, and we heard that they recorded events that had to do with protests or demonstrations against Whitmer’s wishes,” Howland said.
Facebook did delete the posting of the event, but the company said it was because the event would violate government guidelines on social distance, something protested criticized more than two weeks ago during “Operation Gridlock.”
“If I go to social distance protests and follow the rules made by the people I protest, I look very silly at the end of the day I feel,” Howland said.
There is no news yet about how much protest is expected.
Previously, we had seen the signs and had spoken to protesters who thought restrictions such as orders to stay at home were unconstitutional – the governor had even been sued for them.
But the court sided with Whitmer’s words the order did not violate the constitutional rights of the people.
7 Action News will have a crew in Lansing this morning to cover the event.
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