Armed Protesters Seen at Rally Against Michigan's COVID-19 Emergency Measures

Hundreds of protesters, some armed, demonstrated at the Michigan Capitol building on April 30 against a proposed extension of a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

Michigan Governor Whitmer had asked the Legislature to approve a 28-day extension of the emergency declaration, which ends April 30, sparking the protests against COVID-19 restrictions in the state capital of Lansing.

Journalist Anna Liz Nicols shared this footage of the rally, showing a speaker at the protest mocking social distancing protocols as he stands next to a man wielding a large firearm. The speaker says: “How did they come up with this number of six feet? I think they just pulled it out of their rear ends.”

As of April 30, the state of Michigan had reported 41,379 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,789 deaths. Credit: @annaliznichols via Storyful