US: 2,500 Protesters Rally At Washington State Capitol Against Lockdown Order

Around 2,500 protesters gathered at the Washington state capitol on April 19 to demonstrate against the ongoing stay-at-home orders despite coronavirus threat. The protesters not only defied the ban on gatherings of 50 people or more but many of them were reportedly present there without wearing masks.

“Shutting down businesses by picking winners and losers in which there are essential and non-essential are violations of the state and federal constitution,” rally organiser Tyler Miller, 39, an engineer from Bremerton, Washington, told Reuters news agency.

Governor Jay Inslee slammed Republican legislators for claiming the social distancing measures as a “deep state” plot and inciting people to defy stay-at-home orders. Taking to Twitter, Inslee said that radical statements by Republican lawmakers are irresponsible and could lead to the spread of the deadly virus.

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