Fox News reported the crowds shouted “End the shut down now”, “The media is the virus”, and ignored social distancing rules.
One protester said, ““We want to work. We want to be out there. We want to feed our family. We don’t have to be locked in our houses.”
The gathering, called the Liberty Rally, was promoted by the right-wing group Super Happy Fun America, the group behind last year’s Straight Pride Parade, and conservative local radio host Jeffrey Kuhner.
Kuhner told the crowd, “I’m not going to sugar coat this, America is committing national suicide. I see churches closed, I see an economic collapse, thousands of businesses bankrupt and shuttered — all of this for a lousy virus? For a contagious flu at the absolute worse? This Is not a pandemic.”
Massachusetts has taken aggressive steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19, keeping non-essential business closed until May 18 and issuing citations to those caught violating social distancing rules or not wearing masks.