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Anti-Quarantine Protesters, Backed by Far-Right Groups, Flout Social Distancing

HeadlineApr 22, 2020

In Raleigh, North Carolina, an estimated 1,000 people flouted social distancing guidelines Tuesday to hold a protest at the state Capitol demanding a lifting of remain-at-home orders. Protesters waved anti-vaccination signs and called for the firing of top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. Hundreds more gathered in Jefferson City, Missouri, for a similar protest.

Recent anti-quarantine protests were organized by FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, backed by Koch Industries; as well as the far-right group Minnesota Gun Rights; and a conservative network linked to the family of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department may take legal action against governors who continue to order residents to remain at home during the pandemic.

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