The controversial advocacy group planned five rallies across the state on Memorial Day, gathering simultaneously in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville. In the days before those protests, Adam Smith, the husband of ‘Reopen NC’ co-founder Ashley Smith, spurred safety concerns when he reportedly talked about violence in a social media post.
But by most accounts, Monday’s rallies were peaceful, albeit modest in size. See below for Cardinal & Pine contributor Grant Baldwin’s photo essay of Monday’s rally in Charlotte. Roughly 30 to 40 met in the city’s South Park area before circling in a caravan of about 15-20 vehicles around the mall.
NC managed to avoid huge spikes in new cases in early spring, but the number of new cases continues to swell as testing is made more available, a worrying sign according to at least one epidemiologist who advised Cooper’s office in April.
Despite that, Cooper’s office has agreed to lower some restrictions.
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