A group calling itself the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized a protest of the state’s stay-at-home order which attempts to maintain social distancing by having everyone remain in their cars. The event, called Operation Gridlock, took place outside the state capitol in Lansing today at noon.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people drove into Lansing and have surrounded the Michigan Capitol Building to create a traffic jam – a symbolic gesture of disagreement with Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Safe, Stay Home directive…

Arguing that more emphasis be placed on reopening business, many residents are worried the restrictive social distancing measures add only a marginal benefit at the expense of the state’s economy.

The protest was supposed to start at noon on Wednesday but people were already packing the roads by 9 a.m. and hundreds of people were standing in front of the Capitol and not social distancing. More drivers were jammed on Capitol Ave, where the one-way three-lane road was bumper to bumper for several miles north of the Capitol.

You can read the group’s flyer promoting the protest here. It reads in part:

We are all concerned for those afflicted with COVID 19.  Yes, many of the personal behaviors we have been reminded to use are good practices.  Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick.

That said,  Michiganders are fed up!

Our Governor and her allies are infecting ALL of us with their radical, progressive agenda.  There is NO reasoned and public plan to promote our overall physical and economic health!…

Whitmer wants Michigan to be in gridlock. We plan to give her a gridlock in Lansing!

Stay in your vehicle as the “Whitmer police” will likely be out to enforce social distancing. That said we need to display our flags, take signs, make noise and make our unhappiness known!

Local reporters were on hand to cover the protest which got started before the published noon start time.

And the cars kept coming:

Not everyone is pleased about the protest:

The cars were honking their horns as they passed the Capitol.

Some people did get out of their cars to protest on the Capitol grounds:

The focus of much of the ire in Lansing is Gov. Whitmer’s recent extension of a stay-at-home order which is one of the most restrictive (and confusing) in the country. Jazz will have more on that shortly. Meanwhile, here’s a local news report on the protest: