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Protesters attempt to ‘gridlock’ downtown Topeka over stay-at-home extension

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(KSNT Photos/Lindley Lund)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – It was anything but quiet Thursday at the capitol. Around 1,000 protesters gathered at the statehouse in defiance to Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the stay-at-home order, which will now last until May 3. Event organizers said it was time to open Kansas “back up for business.”

Protest organizer David Schneider encouraged protesters to stay in their cars, but some took to the street and stood outside of the capitol waving signs.

“We understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we also understand the seriousness of unemployment and poverty, which is far more dangerous and far more deadly,” said Schneider

Governor Laura Kelly says she understands the protester frustrations but wants them to listen to science when it comes to safely open the state.

(KSNT Photo/Lindley Lund)
(KSNT Photo/Lindley Lund)
(KSNT Photo/Lindley Lund)
(KSNT Photo/Lindley Lund)

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