Protesters leave body bags on the steps of Florida’s state capitol

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PHOTO VIA INDIVISIBLE TEAM/TWITTER
  • Photo via Indivisible Team/Twitter
Dressed in Tyvek suits and accompanied by the Grim Reaper, protesters piled up 17 body bags on the steps of Florida’s Old State Capitol building Tuesday morning.

The protest was organized by progressive grassroots group Indivisible, who are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop endangering the lives of his constituents as the state reopens in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.



Signs visible at the protest read “A corpse is not a customer,” “Needed more than hand washing,” and “Trump lies people die.”

Similar protests were also staged at the capitol buildings in Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.
The group isn’t the first to symbolically invoke Death as a form of protest. Earlier this month, Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder dressed as the Grim Reaper in protest of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to allow the state's beaches to begin reopening.



As of Wednesday, Florida added 479 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the overall total to 42,402. The state also added 49 new deaths, bringing that number to 1,898. According to the Tampa Bay Times, only 2.8 percent of Florida’s overall population has been tested for COVID-19.


This story originally appeared in our sister paper Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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