Armed protesters force US politician to ‘buy bulletproof vest to work’ as tensions soar

Mallory McMorrow recalled being in the Michigan statehouse when some members of the public entered to protest against lockdown orders. Americans took to the streets of Michigan on May 1st and May 4 to protest against the measures in the US. Some of Ms McMorrow’s colleagues already wear bulletproof vests and she told BBC Radio 5 Live that she may buy one if tensions escalate during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The US state senator said: “It was a chaotic and scary day.

“The protests at our state’s capital happen very regularly, this one was small all things considered.

“It was probably around 700 to 900 people but there were many men in full tactical gear carrying rifles and ammunition and signs threatening to hang our Governor.

“It was really questionable whether this was a protest about the economy or something much darker.”

She continued: “The United States has the right to bear arms, however, not all states allow firearms within their state capitals.

“Michigan is one of the states that do.

“You are not allowed to carry a sign, you can not bring that into the capital.

“But you can bring firearms.

“I was not wearing a bulletproof vest, but I am starting to think that if the tensions escalate I am going to have to buy one to go to work.”

At the time of writing, America has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The USA has more than 1,100,000 recorded cases in total at the time of writing. 

The death toll in the US is currently higher than 68,000 people. 

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Worldwide there have been more than 3,500,000 COVID-19 cases at the time of writing. 

The death toll has reached more than 245,000.

More than 1,100,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

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