The Coronavirus Collection: Anti-Lockdown Protests

Protests against lockdown orders and stay-at-home measures erupted across the U.S. in early 2020 in response to the pandemic.

11 Articles
  • Published 11 June 2020
11 Articles

As the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease on American life became clear, “anti-lockdown” demonstrations erupted around the U.S. in protest of measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease. Rumors flew and Snopes investigated.

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Anti-Lockdown Protests Originated With Tight-Knit Group Who Share Bigger Goal: Trump 2020

The driving force behind Michigan's anti-lockdown protests — and their connections to the family of Betsy DeVos — is even more complex than we initially thought.

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Was a Swastika Flag Displayed at Operation Gridlock Protest?

A genuine photograph circulated with a misleading caption.

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Did Ohio Man Who Called COVID-19 a ‘Political Ploy’ Die from the Disease?

John W. McDaniel of Ohio passed away at the age of 60 in April 2020.

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Is This a Flyer for an ‘End the Lockdown Rally’?

Even though a Staten Island rally didn’t come to fruition, similar anti-social distancing protests took place across the U.S.

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Are These Real Signs Carried by COVID-19 Anti-Lockdown Protesters?

Demonstrators in many different U.S. cities protested that COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions were unnecessary or had continued for too long.

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Is This a Real Message Displayed at a COVID-19 Anti-Lockdown Protest?

Demonstrators in many different U.S. cities protested that COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions were unnecessary or had continued for too long.

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Was a ‘Sacrifice the Weak’ Sign Shown at a COVID-19 ‘ReOpen Tennessee’ Rally?

A person reportedly was seen holding up such a sign.

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Is This ‘Barack + Hussein + Obama = COVID-19’ Protest Sign Real?

The math in this image isn't the only thing that's off.

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Was ‘Proud Boy’ Rob Cantrell Seen Screaming at Cop at Anti-Lockdown Protest?

A photograph truly shows a man screaming near an officer during an anti-lockdown protest.

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Is This ‘Social Distancing = Communism’ Protest Sign Real?

At times it seems as if "communism" has become a general term to describe any undesirable action taken by government.

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Is This ‘Muzzles Are for Dogs and Slaves’ Protest Sign Real?

Muzzles can serve a variety of purposes, but none includes preventing the transmission of infectious diseases through the air.

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