Healthcare workers block cars as they face off against coronavirus lockdown protesters – The Sun
HEROIC healthcare workers clashed with protesters by defiantly standing in front of the cars of demonstrators who flocked to the state to call for an end to Colorado's stay-at-home lockdown orders.
Two medical workers in scrubs and N95 masks were spotted blocking horn-honking motorists who had gathered at the State Capitol in Denver to challenge the Covid-19 mitigation methods.
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Incredible photos and videos posted on social media captured the defiant nurses standing in front of a number of vehicles staring back at the drivers with their arms crossed, refusing to move under a cacophony of horns and heckling.
"The medical workers were blocking the roads until the police force stepped in,” photojournalist Alyson McClaran, who posted images of the exchange on Facebook, told The New York Times.
"People were putting their cars right up against them," she added.
Video of the incident showed a woman in an American flag t-shirt hanging out of her car window to yell at the selfless healthcare workers.
"Go to China if you want communism," she says, over loud honking.
Referring to the closure on non-essential businesses in the state, the woman questioned: "You can go to work — why can’t I go to work?”
The workers, however, remained tight-lipped and continued to stand their ground.
Several hundred demonstrators lined the streets to the city in their vehicles while honking their horns before circling it as pedestrians.
Many waved American flags and held signs that read “End the virus, not the economy” and “We need stability to stay healthy,” according to The Denver Post.
Earlier this week, in Michigan, thousands had protested — some carrying rifles — as they demanded stay at home orders were lifted.
It comes as Donald Trump urged three states that have seen anti-lockdown protests to "liberate" on Friday, echoing the language of the protesters as others condemned their actions.
The US president tweeted "liberate Minnesota!", "liberate Michigan!" and "liberate Virginia” in quick succession, giving little context to the messages.
The tweets came a day after Mr Trump had declined to criticize those taking to the streets to get Covid-19 restrictions lifted, instead acknowledging their “suffering”.
At Friday's White House briefing, Mr Trump defended the protesters: "These are people expressing their views," he told reporters.
"I see where they are and I see the way they’re working — they seem to be very responsible people to me, but they’ve been treated a little bit rough."
Many of the gatherings have been organized by right-wing groups on social media and some of those attending have worn Trump caps or waved flags carrying the president’s name.
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