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‘This is the people’s House’: Protesters flock to Michigan Capitol demanding state reopen

Protesters want stay-at-home order to end

Protesters at the Michigan Capitol on April 30, 2020
Protesters at the Michigan Capitol on April 30, 2020 (Copyright 2020 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.)

LANSING, Mich.Protesters filled the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding Michigan reopen.

Watch video of the protesters below.

Michigan has been under a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since March 23.

Some of the protesters were armed.

“This is the people’s House, you cannot keep us out,” the protesters chanted inside the Capitol building.

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Earlier this month, protesters gathered in Lansing for “Operation Gridlock.” They also decried the stay-at-home order at that protest.

The state’s stay-at-home order was extended until May 15 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. The new order came with loosened restrictions, though, allowing some workers to return to their jobs.

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The State of Emergency for the state of Michigan expires at midnight Friday. The Republican-led House voted not to extend it. However, Whitmer says it will continue regardless.

Watch a video from the protest:


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