Protesters who want North Carolina to reopen for business held their second protest outside the state General Assembly.
After protesters voiced concern that they would be arrested for exercising their right to protest, Gov. Roy Cooper informed them that they had every right to protest. However, he said they needed to practice social distancing, in accordance to his Executive Order, while holding their protest.
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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the General Assembly around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to our news partner WTVD ABC 11, the group was made up of approximately 300 people.
The protest began minutes after North Carolina announced that 34 more people had died from COVID-19--the largest single-day increase to date.
In just 27 days, the virus has been blamed for a total of 213 deaths. With limited testing, the state has confirmed at least 6,951 people have tested positive for the virus.
Cooper and the state's health experts, as well as federal health experts in President Donald Trump's administration, all have said that social distancing efforts--including business restrictions--have helped stem the tide of infections and deaths related to COVID-19.
The protesters in Raleigh say it is time to roll back those restrictions and reopen North Carolina for business.
The protesters broke into chants of "USA," "Freedom or death," as well as "Roy Cooper has got to go." They say they are unhappy with the governor's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.