Hundreds of Michiganders gathered at the Lansing capitol building to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s closure of non-essential businesses—and get a long-overdue trim—during a Wednesday event called “Operation Haircut.”
“Dope shops are open, abortion mills churn on, but barber shops are, somehow, unsafe. Show us that ‘science,’ Governor!” said Marian Sheridan, a co-founder of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, which organized the event, according to Fox 2 Detroit. “Her actions show this is now about a progressive radical agenda.”
The event was inspired by Karl Manke, the Owosso barber who reopened his shop earlier this month in defiance of Whitmer’s orders.
Manke, as well as Dallas hairdresser Shelley Luther, were both in attendance at the event:
Michigan barber Karl Manke, after reopening his barber shop : “ We all have the same soul, the same heart for FREEDOM !” Yes , we do ! 🇺🇸👍pic.twitter.com/9kemygzm0r
— VeBee🇺🇸✝️ (@VeBo1991) May 19, 2020
For their efforts, anyone “engaging in haircuts” were “educated on the law” by Michigan State Police, who began issuing $500 and $1000 citations to those who would not comply.
Demonstrators have arrived at the Capitol for “Operation Haircut.” All individuals engaging in haircuts are being educated on the law. Those who do not comply will be cited for disorderly conduct. All citations will be forwarded to the AG’s Office for review. pic.twitter.com/XVb8VVPYFx
— Michigan State Police (@MichStatePolice) May 20, 2020
According to a spokesperson from MSP, those tickets will be forwarded on to the Attorney General’s office for review.
As we reported last month, the Michigan Conservative Coalition also hosted “Operation Gridlock,” a massive protest in which motorists jammed the streets of the capitol to protest Whitmer’s oppressive orders.
As they ramp up, however, the protests only strengthen Whitmer’s resolve.
“I will not stop working around the clock to protect every single person in this state,” Whitmer said, according to Fox 2. “No matter who you are, where you come from, or political party you subscribe to.”
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