In mid-April — about a month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbot declared a statewide disaster in response to COVID-19 — frustration was growing in Austin.
Outside of the state capitol building, protesters complained about stay-at-home orders.
“I’m sick of being told if I go outside and gather in a group of 10 or more that I’m gonna kill somebody or get killed,” one protester told KVUE News.
Soon after, Abbott made the decision to reopen.