USA: Texas bar owners protest governor's COVID-19 shutdown rules

Dozens of bar owners and other protesters took the streets of Austin, Texas on Tuesday against the coronavirus prevention measures put in place by Governor Greg Abbott resulting in the shutdown of bars. The protest started at the Texas Capitol at around 11.00 a.m local time (5.00 p.m GMT) and moved towards the governor's mansion where the protests continued. «Too many people are starving, too many people are ready to just put a bullet in their head because they're done. Their livelihoods are done, their businesses that they've worked hard for are over. Their kids are at home or they don't have anybody else. Bar families matter, bar lives matter,» exclaimed bar owner Amanda Appleton. The bar owners were demonstrating against Abbott, who ordered on Friday that all bars in Texas where more than 51 percent of sales derive from alcohol, must close their doors to help stop the further spread of COVID-19. Among the protesters was Shelley Luther, a Dallas hair salon owner who was recently jailed for defying similar shutdown laws and staying open in May. «You're fighting for rights and liberty and freedom in the peaceful way. Causing a stink, getting loud,» stated Luther. Texas has been one of the worst-hit states in the US, the country that has been worst-hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Thus far there have been more than 160,000 confirmed cases in Texas, leading to 2,431 deaths in the state related to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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