Hundreds of protests spring up in US against stay-at-home decrees

'It's time to reopen Texas, it's time to let people work,' says activist in Texas


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State troopers keep watch as protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against Texas' handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, in Austin, Texas. PHOTO: AFP

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns -- with encouragement from President Donald Trump -- as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement.

An estimated 400 people gathered under a cold rain in Concord, New Hampshire -- many on foot while others remained in their cars -- to send a message that extended quarantines were not necessary in a state with relatively few confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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The crowd included several armed men wearing military-style uniforms, with their faces covered.

In Texas, more than 250 people rallied outside the State Capitol in Austin, including far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, founder of the Infowars site, who rolled up in a tank-like truck.

"It's time to reopen Texas, it's time to let people work, it's time for them to let voluntary interaction and good sense rule the day, not government force," said Justin Greiss, an activist with Young Americans for Liberty.

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Stay-at-home mother Amira Abuzeid added: "I'm not a doctor but I'm an intelligent person who can do the math and it looks like at the end of the day, these numbers are not that worrisome."

Few if any observed social distancing recommendations.

Demonstrators outside Maryland's colonial-era statehouse in Annapolis stayed in their cars but waved signs with messages like "Poverty kills too."

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