Protesters gathering at the Capitol to demand reopening of the state

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A ‘March on the Capitol’ is happening Wednesday and those coming together are sounding off on the reopening of the state.

The state has been under a stay at home order since March 23rd and since there’s been major impacts to state with the spike of unemployment as well as businesses shutting down.

Several protests have been happening in the Capitol City after two extensions of the stay-at-home order with the first phase of reopening expected May 16th, some residents are wanting to get back to normal.

Protesters are asking to support the effort to open Louisiana to avoid more economic disaster for citizens and the state.

Wednesday is also the deadline Rep. Alan Seabaugh has given his fellow representatives to sign the measure to override the governors emergency declaration order and to re-open the state.

Some lawmakers have concerns that it could put in jeopardy hundreds of millions in federal aid, including business aid and reimbursement for state virus-related response spending for PPE and other resources.

The protest will get underway at 8 a.m. and last until noon at the State Capitol.

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