Mass protest in Doncaster's American twin town over US lockdown restrictions

Protesters demanding the US should end its coronavirus lockdown restrictions have held a demonstration in Doncaster’s twin town in America.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:24 pm

Residents in Wilmington, North Carolina, have held a number of demonstrations demanding that the city be re-opened.

America has the biggest global total of COVID-19 deaths, with nearly 60,000 fatalities and more than one million cases.

“We’ve got to get America back to work, especially in New Hanover County,” protest organiser Melissa Meehan told local news channel WWAY.

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Wilmington is Doncaster's twin town.

“Our numbers just don’t support being closed.”

She says she is staging the demos for small business owners and for the people who don’t know when they’ll see their next pay packet.

She also says she is standing up for her constitutional rights.

“When we started seeing our first amendment rights being trampled on, and that’s exactly what they’re doing, it scares us because if they’re going to take that much how much more will they take?”

“We just can’t stand for that. We have to stand up for the Bill of Rights, we have to stand up for the Constitution which says we have the right to assemble.”

Protesters sported homemade signs and lots of American flags.

Meehan says they will protest every weekend if that’s what is necessary to get elected officials moving, ahead of this year’s Presidential election.

“These people won’t forget come November,” she said. “I think that’s what should make our local leaders and local representatives a little bit nervous. We’re in an election year. You haven’t given us enough time to forget. I don’t think these people will forget.”