More than three dozen protesters in West Chester Twp. joined others across the state Saturday to air their objections to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s anti-coronavirus measures. The participants carried signs and urged motorists to honk their horns in support of their cause as they stood along the northeast corner of the busy Tylersville and Cox Road intersection in the Butler County township. Photo By Michael D. Clark/Journal-News

Coronavirus: Protesters demonstrate in West Chester Twp.

The participants carried signs and urged motorists to honk their horns in support of their cause as they stood along the northeast corner of the busy Tylersville and Cox Road intersection in the Butler County township.

Few if any of the protesters wore protective masks during the early portion of the protest, which began at 1 p.m. Saturday.

They claim DeWine and other state and local officials’ orders are overly restrictive and infringe on their constitutional rights and individual liberties.

Backed by organizers for the Free Ohio Now, the group said it helped coordinate similar protests in many of Ohio’s other counties.

Protesters also spoke about their support of Senate Bill 1, aimed at limiting the authority of the Ohio Department of Health director. DeWine has pledged to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

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