Michigan Capitol closed as shutdown protesters return

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, gives an update to the state's response to the coronavirus on Monday, May 11, 2020. Whitmer is joined by Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, center, and Chief Operations Officer Tricia Foster.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left, gives an update to the state’s response to the coronavirus on Monday, May 11, 2020. Whitmer is joined by Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, center, and Chief Operations Officer Tricia Foster. (Photo: State of Michigan)

Michigan authorities closed the state Capitol on Thursday as protesters gathered outside calling for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to ease her stay-at-home order. Protesters, crowded into the Capitol two weeks ago before the Republican-led House declined to endorse Whitmer’s proposal to extend the lockdown.

The state Senate and House were not in session during the latest protest. Police said the Thursday protest, organized by the group Michigan United for Liberty, attracted about 200 demonstrators “at the high point,” state police said.

The Republican-led legislature is suing Whitmer over her order, and some local law enforcement agencies are refusing to enforce it.

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