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The Many Protests of the Coronavirus Pandemic

From drive-through rallies to video demonstrations, the public resistance of the coronavirus era adopts new strategies, and advances very different causes.
To protest Colorado's stay-at-home orders, conservative groups organized a drive-through rally at the state capitol in Denver on April 19.
To protest Colorado's stay-at-home orders, conservative groups organized a drive-through rally at the state capitol in Denver on April 19.Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A seething woman wearing USA gear is leaning out of a pickup truck in Denver, Colorado. She points at her sign — “Land of the Free” — while around her, vehicles blare their horns. Facing the metal mass are a pair of health care workers clad in teal scrubs. They’re serene, blocking the crosswalk with crossed arms.

In San Francisco, a line of cars creeps through downtown, sleeping bags and tents lashed on their roofs. The drivers blare their horns, signs posted on their windows demand “#HotelRoomsNotHospitalBeds” and “Test us now! We need to know!” On the sidewalk, advocates wearing bandanas cheer; photographers leap into the street to capture the traffic.