EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A rally to encourage local government is set for this weekend.
KTSM has learned a rally to “reopen Texas and El Paso” is planned for Sunday in Downtown.
A Facebook event was created by demonstrators who are demanding elected officials safely reopen the state, the county, and the city of El Paso.
KTSM spoke with the organizer of the event, who said it’s all about protecting the livelihoods of El Pasoans.
“We are talking about lives right now and what we should be able to do to survive, not just the virus, but this crumbling economy,” Sammy Carrejo said.
Rally organizers say the rally will be peaceful and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
According to the El Paso City-County “Stay Home, Work Safe” order, all public and private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited. Officials said the order is enforceable under the Texas Government Code 418.173, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or confinement in jail for the term that does not exceed 180 days.
You can see KTSM’s Daniel Marin’s extended interview with Carrejo here.
Note: This story was edited to include a link to the extended interview.