USA: Barbers trim locks amid lockdown at Michigan State Capitol protest

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Dozens of barbers and hairstylists gathered at Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday to offer free trims during a protest over Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.

Residents could be seen some getting haircuts outside dressed in US flags, while others protested on the steps of the capitol building, condemning the closure of hair salons and other small businesses. Banners reading "Freedom," "Pure despotism" and "Pure tyranny" also featured at the demonstration.

The rally was organised by the Michigan Conservative Coalition after Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber, had his license was revoked and shop shut down in violation of the stay-home order.

According to local reports, police issued dozens of fines for breaches of the coronavirus social distancing restrictions during the protest.

Last week Whitmer said that protests across the state against measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic make it more likely that the state will have to keep restrictions in place longer. The governor has repeatedly defended the measures she has taken as necessary to save lives and in line with scientific advice. This has led to frequent clashes with US President Donald Trump, who is keen on reopening the economy as soon as possible, despite the US having the highest COVID-19 death count in the world.

The US has been the hardest-hit nation by the coronavirus pandemic with over 1,5 million confirmed cases and over 90,000 deaths related to the virus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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