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Protest of COVID closures to be held Sunday at Capitol

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 21:33:34-04

HELENA — Protesters are planning to demonstrate against COVID-19 lockdowns and closures with the “Montana Liberty Rally” a t the Montana State Capitol Building on Sunday Apr. 19 at 1:00 p.m.

The demonstration comes after similar protests in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and others areas across the country.

The state is not issuing Capitol Complex Event Permits at this time, so the protesters are planning to walk around the Capitol Building on the sidewalk.

Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen met with the organizers of the rally on Thursday to discuss what they had planned, and what is expected of the protesters in regards to social distancing and safety.

Organizers told police they plan to follow social distancing orders and intend to be respectful to the residents that live in the area.

Hagen asks that anyone attending the Sunday rally be respectful of others and differing opinions.

“Everyone involved is a little bit anxious, so just show some respect.,” explained Hagen.”The only time we’re going to be involved is if it becomes a dangerous situation, or if they’re violating that social distancing. We’ll go and give them a warning like we would with any other group of people.”