Thursday 16 April 2020

The backlash against lockdown starts in Michigan

Lockdown-Backlash Begins: Angry Crowd Surrounds Capitol, Demands Michigan Governor Reopen Economy

13 April, 2020

As we have noted, the evolution of the virus pandemic is not just a public health crisis nor a financial meltdown but could transform into a social unraveling. And, oh boy, it appears we could be right. 
But before we cover today's events. Several weeks ago, what piqued our interest was a warning from the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of how "a social bomb" was ready to explode over major Western cities "in a few weeks." And it appears, those few weeks have just expired, as protests begin: 
On Wednesday afternoon, massive crowds, organized by a conservative group, have surrounded Michigan's state Capitol building. Protestors are angry at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) stay-at-home public health order during the pandemic. 
Supporters of the Michigan Conservative Coalition have requested Whitmer to reopen the economy on May 1 and ease restrictions to return life to normal.

WWJ Newsradio 950's Charlie Langton said organizers are calling the movement "Operation Gridlock." Langton tweeted a video of a traffic jam of protestors that "extends for miles outside Lansing," waiting to get to the Capitol. 
WOOD-TV's Heather Walker provides coverage from within Operation Gridlock as people use their cars to lockdown streets around the Capitol building. Walker interviewed several Michiganders, who are fed up with the public health order and want the economy to reopen. Many said they could make their own health decisions and don't need the government to tell them what to do.

Some protestors were dressed in body armor, wielding AR-15s. 
In what looks like Revolutionary times, some protestors were riding horses. 
More views of people with body armor and weapons at the steps of the Capitol.
Here's another view of the protestors locking down streets. 
People are not happy about the public health order that has collapsed their local economy. 
More people with weapons. 
WOOD-TV's Blake Harms shows a traffic map of how Operation Gridlock has caused severe traffic jams in Lansing. 

Here is how Lansing traffic compares to current travel speeds in the three largest cities in America... because of the ongoing

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By mid-afternoon, it appears the Capitol building has been surrounded by cars. 
Another view of the highway around Lansing shows a massive traffic jam of protestors. 
This is westbound 496 more than a mile out of Lansing, MI. Many local news stations are saying that dozens of people showed up. More like dozens of thousands!

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After a month of lockdowns, slamming the local economy into depression, with hundreds of thousands of job losses, people are starting to get angry and are now locking down roadways around the Lansing Capitol building demanding the governor reverse the public health order. 
How long until Operation Gridlock spreads to other US cities? 

11 April, 2020
Michigan’s governor and her stay-at-home modifications to address COVID-19 have now gone too far.
Stores that are allowed to operate under the present circumstances are actually barred from selling certain items deemed “not essential.”
For example, Home Depot isn’t allowed to sell paint in the store. Also, their flooring sections and garden sections have been closed off too.
A Lansing resident, Brian Tillery, ventured into his local Home Depot on April 10th and noticed signage and caution tape prohibiting people from picking up paint. This was a forced move due to Gretchen Whitmer’s updated stay-at-home order that states:

“Individuals may leave the home or place of residence to purchase groceries, take-out food, gasoline, needed medical supplies, and any other products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of their residences.”

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