PATCH, CONCORD, NH — Demonstrators protested outside of the Statehouse on Thursday as the governor held a private inauguration inside that some said was not constitutional.
The rally, attended by about 125 people, featured several speakers addressing a range of issues from the state of the state during the coronavirus to the outcome of the 2020 election, voter fraud, and the need for conservatives and others to work together.
A number of speakers, like Carla Gericke, a former state Senate candidate who has previously been involved with the Free State Project, said it was important to embrace freedom and fundamental change — but also to love each other and support the good things in life.
She said the times had shown that real change was not happening which would require other actions. Gericke said:
“The question we have is what do we do next.
“I am a peaceful person but I am very much in favor of problem-solving and I think we all understand we have a serious problem.
“If our politicians will not even face us … when our politicians suspend the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions … then he, Chris Sununu, has opened the door to a discussion of New Hampshire independence and peaceful secession.
“If we cannot drain the swamp, then we need to take matters into our own hands … peacefully.”
Sununu came under fire before the November election for endorsing Gericke, who ran as a Republican in Manchester and received about 44 percent of the vote, for her advocacy of having discussions about seceding.
He endorsed her despite her protests against his shutdowns previously.
John Michael Dumas of Rise Up NH said the harm done to children and seniors during the coronavirus pandemic was unfathomable. But he said education and compassion were the solutions.
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“We need to start talking about the people who can’t speak for themselves,” he said. “We have to keep our spirits together … even when people are standing against us. When we are standing up, we’re standing up for them, too. We are in a battle now of love and fear.”
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