A little more than two weeks after a small group of demonstrators gathered in bad weather in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier to protest the state-wide Covid-19 shutdown, an even smaller group braved a bitter breeze on the Legislature’s lawn on Saturday to call for the reopening of the state.
About 10 participants were present in the first hour of the event that was planned to go from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Karen Skau of Bennington held a billowing Green Mountain Boys flag while standing next to Sam Hyde of Seekonk, Massachusetts who was holding an American flag. She lamented what she said was the loss of civil liberties since the shutdown. “This isn’t about the virus. It’s about control.”
A few drivers passing by in the sparse traffic tooted their horns and a dog-walking group turned their heads as they walked by. Only two members of the media were there compared to the previous protest when many news outlets were represented.
Another demonstrator, Christine Bilbrey of Barre Town, held a sign expressing her concern about the shutdown’s effect on mental health.
“I see a lot of people suffering,” she said. “I just want to be heard.”
— Glenn Russell