Heavily Armed Protesters Storm Michigan Capitol To Fight Stay-At-Home Order

Heavily Armed Protesters Storm Michigan Capitol To Fight Stay-At-Home Order April 30, 2020

Domestic Terrorism: Heavily armed protesters stormed Michigan’s state capitol building today in an attempt to intimidate lawmakers deliberating on extending the state’s stay-at-home order.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Protesters, some carrying firearms, took their demonstration against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order inside the Michigan Capitol Thursday afternoon as lawmakers considered an expiring emergency declaration.

Deadline Detroit reports:

A crowd of protesters, some armed with rifles, entered the state Capitol Thursday, demanding to be let into a legislative chamber as lawmakers deliberated an extension of the state’s emergency declaration.

Images and videos posted to social media showed the mob of several dozen ignoring social distancing guidelines as they entered the building, with many not wearing masks. In addition to weapons, some protesters came armed with swastika signage and Confederate flags.

Armed protesters chanted “Let us in,” while some carried signs advocating violence. One sign attached to a truck outside the Capitol said: “Make treason punishable by hanging.” Another prominent sign said: “Tyrants get the rope.”

Many of the demonstrators inside the Capitol openly carried firearms, causing some rightfully nervous lawmakers to put on bulletproof vests:

Commenting on the protests, Rosie Jones, a spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, told Talking Points Memo:

These folks are a small minority of people who are vocally opposed the governor’s stay at home executive order. Although, their message is muddled with inflammatory language like ‘tyrants get your rope’ and images of swastikas and confederate flags.

The following is some of the reactions and reports via Twitter:

Bottom line: Domestic Terrorists stormed Michigan’s state capitol building today in an attempt to intimidate lawmakers deliberating on extending the state’s cornavirus stay-at-home order.

Heavily Armed Protesters Storm Michigan Capitol To Fight Stay-At-Home Order (Image via Twitter)
Heavily Armed Protesters Storm Michigan Capitol To Fight Stay-At-Home Order (Image via Twitter)

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