Protesters gathered this afternoon in Tumon to speak out against what they claim as the “unconstitutional” nature of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s recent restrictions.
The protesters, estimated at no more than a hundred, held up signs at the DFS intersection in Tumon, displaying their opposition to the restrictions outlined in the governor’s recent executive order.
Starting from various locations in Tumon, the group marched toward the former Outrigger hotel and DFS intersection where they stopped and rallied people to join their cause.
While the “Give Us Back Our Freedoms” protest was picked up across social media platforms, it was unclear, at first, who was organizing the event.
Many business owners on Guam were seen at the protest, calling on the government to ease restrictions and be mindful of the impact to the local economy.
Atty. James Maher, a concerned citizen, said: “I think the measures employed to address this virus are not based on science … an approach entirely disruptive to the economy.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero reiterated her response to the protest. In an interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo this morning, the Governor said while she respects the people’s right to protest, the numbers don’t lie and that just for the month of August alone, Guam had 472 positive cases.
“I respect people’s rights to express themselves — respect people’s rights to express themselves — but I am also working hard so they could continue expressing themselves. I will do everything in my power to keep our people safe so that they can continue expressing themselves,” Leon Guerrero said.
While the protesters are saying that the march was meant to send a message to island leaders, the governor says while it is their right as individuals to protest, they should remember that freedom is guaranteed — at least in part— by those who have taken on extraordinary responsibilities in this time of crisis.