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Published 4/15/2020
11:19am

Traffic Alert: Planned Protest in Downtown Lansing

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"Operation Gridlock" Aims to Grab Governor's Attention By Creating Traffic Jam Around State Capitol

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Travel in downtown Lansing is expected to be difficult around lunchtime today due to a planned protest in which participants will create "traffic gridlock" surrounding the State Capitol building.

Travel on surrounding freeways may be impacted as well. The protest is expected to begin at noon, so beginning now and lasting, potentially, for a period of several hours, anticipate traffic issues in that area.

The protest is organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition over the Governor's "Stay Home. Stay Safe." Executive Order; spurred by tighter restrictions that were recently added.

The group wants the Governor to ease restrictions and begin to open the state back up.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she must follow the advice of medical experts with respect to reengaging the economy amidst the Coronavirus crisis, but indicated recently that the state could possibly begin to open up at the end of April.

See live video from the protest from WLNS-TV here

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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

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