PHOTOS: Montgomery County residents push for faster reopening

"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Angela Daniel said she organized the protest to shine a light on what she called the "draconian measures" she believes the government is taking during the coronavirus outbreak. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many speakers mentioned as a concern the restrictions placed on workers during the outbreak. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A group of about 50 residents from across Montgomery County attended the protest. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A child held up a sign that read, "The cure can't be worse than the disease." (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Two protestors symbolically embraced outside the Montgomery County Courthouse. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jon Bouche, former candidate for county chair of the Republican Party, spoke during the protest. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many speakers urged protestors to vote out elected officials who were implementing restrictions. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Eric Yollick, a candidate for 475th District Court judge, spoke at the protest in downtown Conroe. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Correction: This story originally incorrectly listend Eric Yollick for a candidate for the 475th District Court judge. The correct number has been added.

On May 2, the day after Montgomery County began reopening businesses, about 50 residents gathered in downtown Conroe to protest the government shutting down businesses and restricting activity during the coronavirus outbreak.

Organizer Angela Daniel said she coordinated the protest to inform the community about what she called the "draconian measures" that government actions have been enforcing, such as face masks and curfews.

"I'm not surprised that the government would try to implement those measures," Daniel said. "But just the sheer level of acceptance and people wanting this to happen to them really made me sad."

The event featured many speakers, including Eric Yollick, a candidate for 457th District Court judge; Billy Graff, former candidate for Montgomery County Precinct 1 commissioner; and Jon Bouche, former candidate for county chairman of the Republican Party.


Bouche encouraged protestors to continue grassroots organizing to put pressure on elected officials.

"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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