A huge number of protesters converged on Lansing, Michigan midday Wednesday in "Operation Gridlock" — a demonstration against the strict lockdown measures imposed by Governor Whitmer on the state's residents, many of whom see the mandates as draconian, absurd, and an infringement on constitutional rights.
Pictures and videos of the event shared on social media show what appears to be thousands of vehicles at the protest:
Examples of rules mandated by Whitmer's order:
- Residents are prohibited from traveling between homes — even homes of family members or one's own second home.
- In the state famous for its Great Lakes and more than 11,000 inland lakes, operating motor boats or jet-skis, even by oneself, has been outlawed — though boats without motors are still allowed on lakes.
- Buying seeds in a store to grown one's own food, or paint for home repairs, is illegal — but Michiganders can still legally purchase alcohol, marijuana, and lottery tickets, which have been deemed "essential."