Spurred by growing lockdown fatigue, more Americans took to the streets over the weekend as leaders try to ride the line between protecting people from the CCP virus and allowing them the means to still have a roof over their heads and enough to eat.
Rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Washington state took place on April 19, demanding that governors lift strict controls on public activity, according to multiple reports. It followed similar protests earlier in half a dozen states, with people demanding a lifting of restrictions that have plunged the once-booming economy into a historic tailspin.
“Even if the virus were 10 times as dangerous as it is, I still wouldn’t stay inside my home. I’d rather take the risk and be a free person,” said protester Ian Freeman, one of a few hundred to rally on April 18 in New Hampshire, which has recorded around 1,400 cases of COVID-19 and 40 deaths.
Worries about the length of lockdowns have a strong basis: the International Monetary Fund expects the global economy to contract 3 percent this year. Tens of millions of workers have lost their jobs already, and millions more fear they’ll be next.