(TargetLiberty.org) – A Texas woman was arrested Monday after reopening her bar in defiance of the state’s lockdown policy. Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars should stay closed until the middle of the month, but 47-year-old owner Gabrielle Ellison refused. On Monday afternoon, she staged a protest by reopening Big Daddy Zane’s, her West Odessa bar, in defiance of the lockdown. That evening she and seven of her customers were arrested by the Ector County Sheriff’s Department.
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Ellison spoke to her local newspaper Monday before opening the bar. She said she’s been losing money and had to pay her employees and herself, with no help from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program. Ellison also criticized the violation of her and her employees’ personal rights behind the lockdown, saying, “We have to survive and I think those rights were stripped from us.”
Her protest was backed by Open Texas, a group opposing the lockdown by attending businesses that open in violation of the governor’s edict. Six members of the group were among those arrested; all were armed and carrying rifles, which seems to have been the reason for their arrest. In a media statement, County Sheriff Mike Griffis said he understands people who oppose the continuing lockdown, but “…when you bring a bunch of armed vigilantes…for a show of force, I just got a problem with that.”
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