up to lockdown protesters in Denver …
Photos captured the moment when two apparent healthcare workers stood defiantly in the way of people in Denver protesting Colorado’s lockdown.
The photos were taken Sunday by the photojournalist Alyson McClaren during a rally calling for states to lift coronavirus lockdown measures. According to The Denver Post, several hundred protesters descended on the Colorado State Capitol during the rally.
In the photos, counterprotesters, wearing N95 masks and scrubs, stood in the middle of the road to stop a convoy of cars protesting near the capitol.
The lockdown opponents were driving in a gridlock to demonstrate against the measures, while others carried signs that said “All jobs are essential” and “Dangerous freedom over gov’t tyranny,” according to ABC News.
McClaran told The New York Times that the healthcare workers “were blocking the roads until the police force stepped in” and that “people were putting their cars right up against them.”
Video was also taken of the standoff between the lockdown protesters and the healthcare workers. In footage posted to Twitter by the user Marc Zenn, one woman rolled down her window and yelled at one of the healthcare workers to “go to China if you want communism.”
“This is a free country,” she said. “Land of the free. Go to China if you want communism. You can go to work — why can’t I go to work?”
The healthcare worker is seen standing silently in the video.
As of Sunday evening, the US had reported more than 759,000 coronavirus cases and more than 40,000 deaths. Colorado had recorded 9,730 cases and 420 deaths.
Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that about 306 million people were under some form of lockdown. More than 9,000 US healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 over the past two months, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of last week, at least 27 had died.
On Sunday evening, President Donald Trump defended the protesters resisting coronavirus lockdowns as “good people” who were suffering from “cabin fever.”
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