Pennsylvania protesters call for cops to ‘lock up’ health secretary
Protesters in Pennsylvania calling for the governor to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic called to “lock up” the state’s health secretary at a demonstration at the Capitol building Friday, according to a local report.
The crowd of about 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the building in Harrisburg — days after it was revealed Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine helped move her elderly mother out of a nursing home, where nearly 70-percent of the state’s coronavirus-related deaths have taken place, the York Daily Record reported.
Republican State Rep. Russ Diamond addressed the crowd and called for Levine to step down, according to the report.
Protesters then cheered to “lock her up” and called for Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, to be impeached.
“I’m not afraid of any virus. I’m afraid for our country. This is all about control,” one protester, a nurse, told the newspaper.
Earlier this week, Dr. Levine drew criticism from state lawmakers for moving her mother out of a nursing home in the state amid sharp increase in deaths at the facilities.
“My mother requested, and my sister and I as her children complied, to move her to another location during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Levine, according to ABC27.
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