The Coronavirus Collection: Anti-Lockdown Protests

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

  • Published 11 June 2020
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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