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A Texas bar owner who is one of several currently suing Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over reimposed restrictions on bars organized a “Bar Lives Matter” concert and protest Sunday.
Tee Allen Parker, owner of The Machine Shed Bar & Grill in Kilgore, about two hours southeast of Dallas, hosted the gathering outside the bar Sunday. A second protest is planned on the steps of the capitol in Austin Tuesday, according to KLTV, a local ABC affiliate.
The article goes on to state the following:
“You can’t tell me that my tiny little bar is the problem. He’s the problem,” Parker, who is one of multiple Texas bar owners who have banned the wearing of masks in their establishments, said of Abbott in an interview with The Washington Post. “He’s targeting us, and it’s discrimination.”
Parker and 21 other Texas bar owners filed a lawsuit on Monday, in an effort to halt the shutdown order. A lawyer representing them said, “Governor Abbott has chosen to sentence bar owners to bankruptcy.”
The bar owners argue they are being unfairly singled out, as barber shops, hair salons and other types of businesses are allowed to continue operating at full capacity.
— Payton Weidman (@PaytonWeidman) June 28, 2020
On Tuesday, Parker posted the following message to Governor Abbot on Facebook:
“Dear Governor Abbott, I hope you paid each and every one of these officer for standing around. You did not have to send a SWAT team. We just wanted you to speak to one of us. Sit down and have a conversation with one of us and let us tell you how we can keep people safe in our small establishments. You called it a whole Army. With guns and every single one of them a bulletproof vest. We apologized on your behalf for not protecting them. Every time you backtrack your own orders they can’t do their job. They cannot take anyone to jail today because you said they couldn’t. We shook their hands and we had conversations with these amazing officers.”
Another Facebook message posted Tuesday evening by Parker reads:
On Sunday, we will not break any rules ordered by the governor of the State of Texas.
We will comply with all TABC requirements.
I cannot offer you a table or chair.
I did not provide the entertainment. They provided themselves.
Bring your lawn chairs. Bring your pop-up canopies.
Will not open the inside of the bar.
The protest / rally will be completely outside.
We will have games, speakers, Raffles and 50/50 raffles.
By law we can sell you food and drink to go.
We will be set up outside to do that. We will accept cash or credit card.
We will not give the government any reason whatsoever to find us in violation and shut us down. That is not what this is about. You guys come out and help us take a stand!
— KLTV 7 (@KLTV7) June 29, 2020
“We’re not the problem”: Texas bar owners sue over governor’s shutdown order https://t.co/ONzHEuLi0p
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 30, 2020
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