HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of protestors are lined up at the front of the state capitol in Hartford as Connecticut’s lawmakers start the first day of the 2021 legislative session.
Officials have been preparing in anticipation of the protestors. Connecticut State Police were seen patrolling at the capitol early Wednesday morning.
Snow fencing and bike rails have been set up along the property to designate a space for the expected protestors. The barriers also designate where the outdoor swearing-in ceremonies will take place.
Protesters representing many different causes were there and even clashing against other protestors. Capitol police have been quickly responding to calm down any escalating situations.
Protestors saved most of their animosity for the elected officials themselves…jeering as legislators walked to their outdoor swearing-in.
By far the largest group was demanding the right not to get their kids vaccinated because of perceived risk from the vaccines.
“Where there is risk, there needs to be choice,” said Jason Jenkins of Health Choice Connecticut. “Whether you are arguing about a Covid-19 vaccine, an older vaccine that is on the CDC list, there are risks to every medical procedure.”
Paska Nayden representing Americans for Responsible Tech said, “Putting a statewide moratorium on all 5G expansion, and the current 5G that was put in without our approval when we were shut down.”
“We’ve been ruled over by executive orders for 10 months now,” said Johnathan Johnson of CT Liberty Rally. “We have tens of thousands of people in this state who are losing their jobs, losing their livelihoods, they’ve lost their incomes.”
The idea that they do not feel their individual rights are being respected by their elected officials seemed to be the one unifying message coming through from all the various protestors.
The legislature is preparing to discuss ways to help the budget, like legalizing recreational marijuana, sports betting, increasing the gas tax, and taxing the rich.