Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside of the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston to demand Gov. Charlie Baker open up the state’s economy amid restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 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.