‘Liberty Fest’ Protesters Gather at California Capitol Against State’s Coronavirus Lockdown on Memorial Day Weekend


A significant protest rally in opposition to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order started on the state Capitol Saturday morning, with greater than 2,000 demonstrators gathered in Sacramento to demand lockdown measures be lifted.

The demonstration, known as ‘Liberty Fest,’ has been touted by organizers because the nation’s largest Memorial Day weekend protest in opposition to lockdown measures put in place to restrict the unfold of coronavirus.

Hundreds of protesters gathered alongside the road throughout from the Capitol constructing earlier than midday, some carrying t-shirts that learn: “Resist. Rise. Revolt. Reopen.”

Saturday’s programming on the demonstration concerned protesting, stay music, barbecues and a tailgate get together, in line with The Sacramento Bee.

Reporters and officers on the scene wore masks, however a lot of the protesters didn’t, in line with pictures shared to social media of the occasion. Many in attendance additionally failed to stick to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pointers on social distancing as they marched across the Capitol constructing.

'Liberty Fest' Protesters Gather at California Capitol Against State's Coronavirus Lockdown on Memorial Day Weekend
Demonstrators protest California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s continued statewide shelter in place order outdoors of San Francisco City Hall on May 01, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty

While organizers had vowed to protest peacefully, some attendees have been seen establishing haircut stations on the sidewalk and flouting lockdown restrictions. Such companies that require the supplier to be in shut proximity with shoppers are nonetheless banned beneath the governor’s phase-in reopening plan.

Cosmetologist and hair stylist La Donna Christensen, 39, supplied passersby haircuts close to the Capitol. She reportedly arrange six momentary haircut stations on the sidewalk, regardless of warnings from authorities that she might face a license suspension from the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

“We’re going to do haircuts for donations, basically try to show that being in the cosmetology industry … is one of the most sanitary industries in the state,” she advised the Bee. “Why do they close down the salons but we can go to Home Depot, Walmart, Target? It’s ridiculous.”

Some protesters current got here from out of city. The Los Angeles-based ‘Freedom Angels Foundation’ made journey preparations to get South Californian protesters to the Capitol this weekend. “The State of California is tyrannically destroying the California economy, livelihoods, and the Constitutional Rights of HEALTHY free Californians,” the group’s web site learn.

One protester, Jennifer Joseph, advised the Bee that she drove up from Orange County the evening earlier than to attend the occasion. “It’s time to open up the state,” she stated. “This isn’t the country I grew up in.”

The California Highway Patrol has reportedly already spent nearly $1 million on sources to answer anti-lockdown protests on the state Capitol previous to this weekend, and this newest protest is bound to considerably enhance that determine.

Newsweek reached out to Newsom’s workplace for remark. This article shall be up to date with any response.