Michigan residents armed with rifles and handguns defy stay-at-home order


Hundreds of people, some openly carrying rifles and handguns, have been protesting against restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus in the US state of Michigan.

Protest organizers had asked people to remain in their cars and cause traffic gridlock while holding signs in their vehicles to make their views known.

But many protesters ignored this, making their way to the state Capitol in Lansing on foot to criticize the stay-at-home order, which has been extended to 30 April.

Among the signs protesters held were those saying: "We are not prisoners" and "Michigander against Gretchen's abuses". Others described the order as "tyranny".

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