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WKYC's Rachel Polansky reported that in response to Governor DeWine's curfew order which began on Thursday, November 19, 2020, a group of people gathering to protest at an undisclosed location in Mentor, Ohio.
The group, twenty to twenty-five people not wearing masks, indicated the protest was a "Rally for Freedom".
Several people carried American flags and at least one person was seen carrying a Trump 2020 flag.
The protest took place after 10 p.m. Saturday evening, in direct defiance of the curfew order.
One gentleman on camera asked "is the virus only active between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.?" and indicated the curfew order makes no sense.
Another woman stated "if people wanted their constitutional rights activated", they should join the protest and speak up against the curfew.
The order, issued last week by Governor DeWine, asks Ohioans to stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Exceptions to the curfew are in place for those needing to get emergency medical care, grocery or pharmacy items, or need to go to work.
DeWine also indicated when giving the order that he would expect police to stop by and ask people to dispurse if there were groups of people gathered at parks and other public locations.
Rachel Polansky indicated in her live report Saturday night that one hour beyond the curfew, police had yet to stop by.
Lake County, Ohio is currently one of the top five highest counties, out of 88 counties, for diagnosed COVID-19 cases.
The county currently meets six of seven indicators for Level Purple.
Protestors at the rally indicated they were protesting the curfew order as being unconstitutional and a violation of their civil rights.
The fact that these protestors were gathered without wearing masks perhaps means they have taken the phrase "give me liberty or give me death" to heart.
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