#Reopen North Carolina is trending on Twitter as hundreds of protesters have gathered in protest of the state shutting down. Arrests are reportedly starting to be made.
“We’re a grassroots movement of North Carolinians, business owners, moms and dads, plumbers, electricians — people from all walks of life,” Reopen NC co-founder Ashley Smith told FOX Business. “More and more businesses are basically going under, and the small percentage that are still open are barely hanging on.”
Reopen NC will protest at the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh on Tuesday, while the Michigan Conservative Coalition (MCC) has scheduled a drive-by protest in Lansing on Wednesday. The groups want their Democratic governors to reopen their economies as soon as possible.
Social distancing guidelines make protesting more difficult, and both groups are telling demonstrators to stay in their cars, display signs and honk their horns.
Michigan has a similar protest planned.
“We’re not saying this is not a horrible disease or that social distancing hasn’t helped,” Maddock said. “[Whitmer’s] demands are unreasonable. We feel like we’re living under tyranny.”