Pro-Trump rally Saturday in Northampton to back reopening

  • Protesters attend a Safely Open Texas Now rally on April 25 across the street from the El Paso County Court House in El Paso, Texas, during the coronavirus outbreak. Such demonstrations have occurred around the country. AP PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/1/2020 5:25:58 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A pro-Trump rally is planned for Saturday afternoon on the Coolidge Bridge as part of a “nationwide rally for freedom,” a series of rallies around the country in support of states opening up after weeks of restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Correctional Officers for Trump 2020” is one of the contacts for the Northampton event, along with Christopher Ryan. A public Facebook post about the event by Ryan encourages social distancing at the rally and says that if police order the group to disperse, “The decision to leave, or not, is yours as are the potential legal risks.” Calls to Chief Jody Kasper and Capt. Robert Powers were not immediately returned.

Attempts to reach Ryan and event organizers Thursday were not successful.

Gov. Charlie Baker has prohibited groups of 10 or more from gathering, but his order “does not apply to public gatherings of more than 10 people in an unenclosed, outdoor space,” guidance from Baker’s office reads, noting people must remain at least six feet apart.

The webpage for the national event, organized by a group called Women for America First, notes the group recognizes COVID-19 is real and says it is not “anti-quarantine.”

“It is very real and we must protect the most vulnerable,” it reads. “However, America cannot destroy the lives and dreams of the majority to protect a few.”


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