- A dramatic series of photos has been posted online by freelance photographer Alyson McClaran
- The photos show nurses who were stopping marching protestors calling for an end to the lockdown
- Social media users were divided on whether the nurses were correct or not in their actions
A striking series of photos have emerged online of a group of nurses who blocked anti-lockdown protests in Denver, Colorado, USA.
The dramatic stand-off between the healthcare workers and protestors was captured by a freelance photographer, Alyson McClaran.
"I wanted to document history," McClaran told BuzzFeed News on Monday.
Briefly.co.za learned that a wave of protests, dubbed Operation Gridlock, has swept across America, defying the lockdown. MaClaran said that she did not feel safe as most of the protestors were not wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) or practising social distancing.
Twitter users reacted to the photos with praising the nurses for standing up to the protestors:
@shafieikeyvan: "I hereby officially announce this year the year of nurses — one of the most economically vulnerable, underappreciated, overworked, and underpaid groups of workers ever."
@FancyNancy2018: "Let’s give a hand to the doctors and nurses, they’re not only fighting a virus but fighting the American people acting like idiots blocking entrances to hospitals so ambulances can’t get through. What kind of country are we?"
Some people questioned why the police weren't arresting the protestors:
@FoodAndWineDiva: "Please tell me why medical staff are doing the police dept’s job? Cops are quick to beat, harass, and murder unarmed POC with no provocation, but a bunch of white, racist MAGAts armed with assault weapons defy lockdown orders and recklessly endanger thousands--they get a pass?"
@curlyblacklefty: "They shouldn’t even have to do this though. They shouldn’t have to be out here entertaining this. @DenverPolice should be the ones stopping these criminals from congregating en masse and disrupting ambulances and other essential personnel from getting through. Arrest them now."
There were others who questioned why the nurses were not treating patients and if they were, in fact, real nurses at all.
@JosephR15520600: "Nurses not in the hospital with patients to tend to is proof that the protesters are right!"
@z3r0Fuxx: "The fact you all think that these are actual nurses is HILARIOUS. They aren’t nurses. They are paid propagandists."
In other news, Briefly.co.za, reported that a Kenyan nurse by the name of Kirimi has received recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO) for her efforts in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kirimi was applauded for her selfless actions on Monday via the organisation's social media pages.
In an official statement by WHO on their Facebook page, they hailed the selfless nurse who serves at Kenyatta University Teaching & Referral Hospital.
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