ALBUQUERQUE – Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Albuquerque to protest the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and speak out against what some are calling unfair treatment and an infringement of their rights and freedoms.
The Protest for Freedom demonstration Thursday at the Civic Plaza included members of Cowboys for Trump, the New Mexico Civil Guard, business owners and religious leaders, KOB-TV reported.
“Protect our freedoms that are being taken away in this state,” resident Richard Rogers told KOAT-TV. “The power is out of control.”
Multiple Republican politicians also criticized Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“Big government telling us we can’t sit in a restaurant but we can sit outside or we can crowd into Walmart,” Scott Chandler said. “None of it makes sense.”
Chandler is running for a seat on the state House of Representatives to represent District 32, which covers Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties.
The protest was about two hours and remained peaceful.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some – especially older adults and people with existing health problems – it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.