BROOKLYN, Ohio — Protesters gathered in Cuyahoga County Saturday afternoon, opposing Gov. Mike DeWine’s decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The protesters were a part of the group Free Ohio Now’s "Rally Around Ohio" event held across the state.
The intersection of I-480 and Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn was selected as Cuyahoga County’s rally location.
Protesters demanded the immediate end of “Ohio’s unconstitutional restrictions on public interaction and economic activity.”
Rallies were scheduled in 34 different counties Saturday as those who oppose DeWine’s actions and response to the pandemic argue he has “made the ‘cure’ for the coronavirus pandemic worse than the disease.”
Some of the issues the group has with DeWine’s response include certain businesses remaining closed, unemployment increases, in-person elections being canceled, a strained food-supply, churches closing and financial impacts of the stay at home order.
Free Ohio Now said that by issuing a stay at home order across Ohio, DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have “trampled” on their constitutional rights and that their “individual liberty” has been restricted as a result.
Signs at the rally included "My rights don't end where your fear begins," "Viruses weaken with time, Tyranny gets stronger!" and "Safe = Control."
The protest was held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.