By Duncan Smith
Facebook’s speech Nazis have struck another blow against liberty by deleting a page belonging to a Michigan anti-lockdown group with 380,000 members.
The page was created and enjoined by residents who are opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ongoing restrictive, but goofy, shut-down order that is preventing people from going back to work and opening their businesses.
‘Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine’ had more than 380,000 members, with media reports describing it as one of the largest anti-lockdown groups in the nation. It’s not clear if Facebook has provided an explanation for the group’s removal.
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Garrett Soldano of Mattawan, Michigan created Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine in April after becoming disenchanted with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order – a policy which he initially supported.
The group made headlines around the world after organizing ‘Operation Gridlock’, a protest in which thousands of cars created bumper-to-bumper traffic in the capital, Lansing.
Protesters were encouraged to stay in their automobiles and adhere to social distancing guidelines. However, several hundred demonstrators ended up rallying outside the state house.
Several members of the group used the page to discuss depression and financial hardships they’ve been experiencing as a result of the ongoing lockdown.
Just as it was set to expire late last month, Whitmer extended it until May 20, drawing a lawsuit from the Republican majority in the state legislature. The order was originally implemented March 23, shuttering all “non-essential” businesses – a list that did not include liquor stores or pot dispensaries.
Whitmer unilaterally extended her emergency powers in May, after the legislature voted to let them expire. The governor has used these executive powers as the legal basis for the state’s lockdown.
“They will not silence us,” Soldano said in a video message after the group was deleted.
“This just proves to all of us out there that we were right. That there is a deep agenda going on. They’re trying to keep us quiet… Now we fight back. And we have the numbers.”
Last month, Facebook deleted anti-lockdown pages that were organizing demonstrations in California, Nebraska, and New Jersey, claiming that the groups were in violation of those states’ stay-at-home orders.