'Let Us In': Anti-Lockdown Protesters Crowd Inside Michigan State Capitol

A group of protesters, some carrying firearms, crowded inside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Thursday, April 30, to oppose Gov Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, according to local news reports.

The demonstration began Thursday morning on the lawn outside of the capitol, but protesters later “demanded” to be let inside the building. This video shows the progression of the demonstration from within the capitol.

In the video, demonstrators yell “free the people” and later chant “let us in” as they appeal to be let into an ongoing legislative session. The video also shows the crowd singing The Star-Spangled Banner and bursting out in applause afterward.

The end of the footage shows Matt Maddock, a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, speaking. Maddock elicits a cheer from the crowd after saying legislators “voted to rescind a bunch of [Whitmer’s] executive orders.”

Jason Howland, one of the organizers of the rally, told WLNS that the goal of the protest was “to get a ‘no’ vote on the extension of the emergency declaration from the senate, and beyond that, the goal is to continue pushing forward until we have our rights back.”

Local news reported that the state of emergency is set to expire April 30. The governor had asked the legislature to extend it for 28 more days, but the Michigan House adjourned for the week on Thursday afternoon without extending the state of emergency, local media reported.

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