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Health Care Workers Block Anti-Lockdown Protesters


Over 40,000 people have died from the Coronavirus in America, making the country the global epicentre of the virus.

Despite this U.S President Donald Trump has been encouraging Americans to protest their state's stay-at-home orders as he hopes to "reopen America" by May 1st.

Over the past week thousands across the country have protested the lockdown orders and social distancing regulations.

Donald Trump encouraging protesters to continue "liberating" their states. Source: Twitter / @realdonaldtrump

A crowd of more than 2,000 people showed up in Olympia, Washington over the weekend to protest Governor Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order.

And several other protests have erupted in more than 10 states just last week.

Protesters gather at the Washington state capitol in Olympia. Source: Anthony Johnson

However, in the city of Denver two health care workers attempted to put a halt to the protests happening in their city.

On Sunday hundreds of protesters gathered at Colorado's state capital as part of "Operation Shutdown,” completely ignoring federal social distancing guidelines.

Two medical workers in scrubs and N95 masks blocked the incoming traffic of protesters on the road.

Photojournalist Alyson McClaran says the man and the woman blocked the roads until the police force finally stepped in.

Health care worker blocking traffic in Denver as a form of counter-protest. Source: Alyson McClaran

A video has surfaced on social media of a protester leaning out her car window and yelling at one of the health care workers.

She yelled, "It's a free country. America is free. Go to China if you want communism...You can go to work why can’t I go to work?"

In the footage the health care worker appears to not respond to the protester and does not move off the road.

Protester yells out her car at a health care worker in Denver. Source: Alyson McClaran
Health care worker counter-protesting in Denver. Source: Alyson McClaran

When police arrived two protesters were briefly detained for carrying holstered handguns.

However, police let the two people go on the condition they put their guns away.

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