excerpts from NBC News coverage of May 1 Counter-protests led by Refuse Fascism against “ReOpen America rallies:
As demonstrators who want to get back to work planned a show of force in multiple U.S. cities Friday for International Workers Day, counterprotesters said they would hold their own rallies in support of keeping non-essential businesses closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The lunchtime counterprotests are being organized by the organization Refuse Fascism.
The demonstrations were planned in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Springfield, Illinois. In most cases, the people organized by Refuse Fascism plan to be near Reopen America protesters.
In Chicago, a caravan of vehicles and a “a small group” on foot will be positioned near the Reopen America rally, said Refuse Fascism co-founder Andy Zee.
“In a society where black people, Latinos, and Native Americans are already dying at disproportionate rates, who do you think will be sacrificed in order to re-open America and get the economy going again?” he said by email.