Honolulu police arrest a protester during a rally today at the Hawaii State Capitol in support of reopening the state of Hawaii’s businesses and economy at the State Capitol. At least three protesters were arrested and several others were cited at the protest.
People hold signs along Beretania Street during a rally today at the State Capitol in support of reopening the state of Hawaii’s businesses and economy.
At least three people were arrested today during a rally at the Hawaii State Capitol to protest local government restrictions aimed at stopping COVID-19.
Organizers of the rally, which began at noon and was promoted online at change.org, called the restrictions an “illegal lockdown.”
About 200 participants demonstrated on the mauka pedestrian entryway of the Capitol with signs containing messages that included “Open Hawaii Be Akamai” and “Tyranny is nonessential.”
Honolulu Police Department officers moved in after a half-hour to enforce an emergency order from Gov. David Ige that prohibits gathering in public places.
At least three people were arrested. At least several others were given citations but were not arrested.
The rally thinned out a bit by 1 p.m. but continued along nearby sidewalks.