Protests against Colorado’s coronavirus stay-at-home order planned for Sunday at state Capitol

Organizers call the restrictive measures “draconian”; Denver says gridlock protest would be “wholly irresponsible”
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Posted at 11:19 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 01:19:40-04

DENVER -- Multiple groups plan to descend on Colorado’s State Capitol on Sunday to protest what they argue is overreach and unconstitutional restrictions in the face of governmental efforts to stop the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The protests — one a planned “Operation Gridlock” event around the Capitol building in people’s cars at 1 p.m., the other calling for people to bring signs and stand outside from 2 to 4 p.m. — have been organized by various groups, including Libertarian parties around the metro area.

It is the “draconian measures” from Gov. Jared Polis, local mayors and health departments that have forced people to speak out, said Victoria Reynolds, chairwoman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and a candidate for Douglas County commissioner.

“We want to send message to the governor, to mayors, to the federal government even to say: We elected you to represent us. You are our employees,” she said. “You don’t get to stay working, collecting a paycheck, while you’re putting us all out of work.”

Reynolds has asked those who attend to wear masks and stand 6 feet apart.

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