Residents, local leaders attend “Mississippi Freedom Rally” in Biloxi over the weekend

BILOXI, Miss. (WXXV) — Flags and signs served as outlets for people’s frustration on Saturday as they gathered to voice their concerns about individual rights in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 100 people gathered at the Lighthouse Pavilion in Biloxi on Saturday for a demonstration supporting the cause.

Mississippi Freedom Rally organizer e. Brian Rose says freedom has been diminished since restrictions on assembly and commerce were put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Rose said, “Politicians across the country paused the constitution overnight, so we felt that’s not warranted, that’s not allowed, that’s unconstitutional, and we felt this was the way for us to stand up and say ‘Hey, not now, not ever again.”

Local leaders even joined in to serve as speakers at the rally, including Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson and State Senator Jeremy England of Jackson County.

England says the state of the economy and economic rights is one of the foremost concerns right now.

“There’s a health component to this, obviously, but there’s also an economic component to this, and we can’t let one jump in front of the other to the point to where we start our rights taken away,” England said.

Demonstrators such as Bea Harrison hope this rally serves as a call-to-action for other citizens across the state and country to make their voices heard, saying, “I hope more and more people will understand you can’t sit at home any longer and say what can we do? You have to get up and be heard, that’s what you have to do.”

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