UPDATE: Hundreds gather at Governor's residence to demand state lift 'stay at home' order
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Friday morning, President Donald Trump responded to a planned protest at the Minnesota Governor's Residence over the state's 'stay at home' order aimed at combating COVID-19.
The president tweeted, "LIBERATE MINNESOTA," which is the name used by the event's organizers on social media.
LIBERATE MINNESOTA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Protesters gathered in front of the governor's residence Friday afternoon. Footage from Chopper 5, which flew above, showed hundreds gathered at the location.
On Facebook, the group planning the protests says, "Thousands of lives are being destroyed right now. It is not the governor's place to restrict free movement of Minnesota citizens! Gov. Walz you work for the citizens of this state! Minnesota's economy must be reopened for business or destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Minnesota citizens and their families may result if we don't act quickly!"
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Trump also tweeted about similar movements in other states.
Prior to Friday's event, protesters gathered in front of Gov. Walz's home in St. Paul Thursday to urge the governor to reopen the state and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Protesters with Live Free MN waved signs saying "land of the free" and "freedom over fear" at cars as they passed by the residence on Summit Avenue.