Protesters to meet at Texas Capitol over stay-at-home orders
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Conservative activists planned to demonstrate outside of the Texas Capitol building on Saturday to protest restrictions that have been put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite the Republican governor's announcement that he planned to start easing such restrictions next week.
The protest in Austin will be one of several that small-government activists and supports of President Donald Trump have held or plan to hold in states around the country. Trump took to Twitter this week to urge supporters to "LIBERATE" states led by Democratic governors.
The Texas protest was organized by Owen Shroyer, a host of Infowars, which is a part of a company owned by conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones. Shroyer also broadcast a small protest earlier this week outside the governor's mansion in Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that next week, Texas will begin lifting some restrictions on retailers, will reopen state parks and will allow doctors to resume elective surgeries. He said more restrictions would be lifted April 27.
Chant of “Fire Fauci!” pic.twitter.com/Vj4aQhtQs7— Manny Fernandez (@mannyNYT) April 18, 2020
Texas has had more than 17,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 , the disease caused by the coronavirus, and at least 428 related deaths. Texas ranks last in the U.S. in coronavirus testing per capita, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of data collected by The COVID Tracking Project.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
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