Protests have begun this week against the lockdowns which have been enacted in order to contain the spread of the Wuhan virus. Protests have happened in North Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio and now Louisiana will be getting into the act.
On Facebook, activists have called for a “March 4 Liberty” on Friday at 10 AM in Baton Rouge. The participants will gather at the Louisiana State Capital and will march to the Governor’s Mansion in order to demand Governor John Bel Edwards end his “shelter in place” order and reopen Louisiana.
Currently, Louisiana is under a “shelter in place” order which was imposed last month in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The order was initially supposed to expire on April 14 but it has been extended to April 30. New Orleans today extended its “shelter in place” order until May 16.
There was supposed to be a drive-by demonstration in support of Friday’s march which was modeled after a similar drive-by demonstration in Michigan. But the Facebook event advertising the drive-by march was deleted. It is unclear who and why the event was deleted.
The event is being put together by activists with ties with various Tea Party groups and the Libertarian Party of Louisiana. The organizers view the lockdown as a violation of their basic liberties.
Among the liberties, the organizers allege have been violated is the 5th Amendment protections against any punishment without due process. The organizers claim that shutting “non-essential” businesses down is an unconstitutional taking without due process. Organizers also believe the lockdowns are a violation of the 1st Amendment’s guarantees of the right to peaceably assemble. Finally, the organizers believe that the lockdowns are a violation of the Commerce Clause since only the federal government can regulate interstate commerce.
So far, the march has less than 30 people who stated they will attend on the Facebook page. But there has been an upsurge in criticism of the lockdowns on social media over the past few days so that number is likely to grow.
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