Coronavirus lockdown protest: What’s behind the US demonstrations?

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Date Published: April 21, 2020

Source: BBC

In over a dozen US states, protesters are gathering to showcase their frustration at the stay-at-home measures that have been put in place for weeks by state governments. Some of the largest protests have been in Washington state, where there was a gathering of 2,500 individuals on April 19, and hundreds of protesters have also recently gathered in Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Maryland, Texas, and Indiana. Their signs and chants reflect their view that governments are overreacting, and that these measures are imposing on their civil liberties and causing a long-term negative impact on the economy. However, these views are not reflective of the overall majority of Americans, as a recent poll found 66% of those surveyed were concerned that current restrictions would be relaxed too quickly, and most individuals also feared that the peak of the pandemic has not yet been reached. Some state governors disagree with President Trump’s support of these public demonstrations.

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Summary by: Helen Genis