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Police Arrest 3 at 'Reopen Hawaii' Protest
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 3233 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

Protest of emergency stay-at-home order draws more than 100 to state Capitol

HNN: … More than 100 gathered at the state Capitol on Friday to protest emergency stay-at-home orders aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus.

The protest drew a heavy police presence and at least one person was arrested….

The protesters, some of whom weren’t wearing masks, say the orders go to far and are hurting working families.

At the rally, they were chanting and waving signs. One sign read, “Re-open Hawaii." Another: “Live free or die.”

“I’m out here to protest and let the governor know that he needs to open everything back up," said Rafael Soto, an Ewa Beach resident and pastor at a Baptist church in Hawaii Kai.

"We’re tired of him suppressing our freedoms. People need to get back to work. The churches need to open up. People are hurting, people are hungry. It’s ridiculous, open it back up, what’s the point?”…

Several nurses also turned out at the Capitol rally Friday to stage something of a counter-protest. Wearing masks and scrubs, one nurse held a sign that read, “We go to work for you. Stay home for us.”… 

read …Protest of emergency stay-at-home order draws more than 100 to state Capitol  

Big Q: What do you think of the arrests and citations at Friday’s “Re-Open Hawaii Now” rally?  77% “Fine; protesters violated ban on gathering”

VIDEO: Protester makes video from back of HPD car after arrest

SA: Police arrest 3 protesters, cite 5 at ‘reopen Hawaii’ rally in front of State Capitol 

KHON: Residents protest lockdown at state capitol

KITV: Demonstrators on Maui gather to protest the state's lockdown

TGI: 150 people who were waving signs and milling around Rice Street near the county building on Friday, joining the “Walk for Our Rights Kaua‘i” event.

HTH: Opponents of the mandated stay-at-home order wave signs on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kona 

KITV: 'Reopen Hawaii' protest: 3 arrested, 5 cited at the State Capitol 

NOQ: Hawaii authorities must be held accountable under both the United States Constitution and the Hawaii state constitution

VIDEO from April 24, 2020 Rally


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