Michigan’s right-wing militia groups are planning to rally on May 14th to defy shelter-in-place restrictions imposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The armed conservatives have been gathering in the streets for a while now, protesting the quarantine guidelines that are supposed to stop the spread of COVID-19. In Michigan, it has already claimed almost 4,700 lives, but this didn’t stop the protesters who have eventually turned to threats and other intimidation techniques. On May 11th attorney general Dana Nessel, announced that the state started to investigate a string of “credible threats” against local Democrats.
Back in April 30th, the first groups of right-wing protesters armed with assault rifles marched inside the Lansing Capitol. Democratic lawmakers called for action to limit open carry on the Capitol grounds. Senator Mallory McMorrow also mentioned the nature of threats aimed at Gov. Whitney, the Detroit News reports. According to McMorrow, they involved “spreading blood on the front lawn of [the Capitol].”
A Facebook group titled “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine” has been a platform for various cries for Whitmer’s assassination, reports the Guardian. One user is quoted as saying “Wonder how long till she’s hit with a shotgun blast,” while another says that May 14th protesters in Lansing should be “armed to the teeth.”
However, the Republican party, which controls both the legislature and the Michigan State Capitol Commission, is not rushing to put a ban on open carry.
Meanwhile, Gov. Whitmer does not dispute the right to protest but urges the participants to follow at least some anti-spread measures.