A group of roughly 50 people gathered on the downtown square in Springfield to protest the city and county’s stay at home orders.
The organizers placed a sound system on the stage at the square to play country music and give the people attending the protest the chance to speak to the crowd.
“Let me tell you something,” one of the protesters said, “our Constitution is God-given. First Amendment rights, as well as our Second, are unalienable. You know what unalienable means? You cannot write laws and put restrictions on ’em. What gives them the right to do that? Let’s take our rights back!”
Several protesters stood on the square listening to the music and speeches while others drove around with cars decorated in slogans and flags.
Nathaniel Taylor told OI the rally was about protecting rights.
“I came out today to be a voice for the Constitution,” Taylor said. “Me and my family, we believe in having our rights…I believe that COVID-19 is a concern, but I don’t believe they have the right to take our rights over this.”
Here are some photos from the event: