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When peaceful protest are bad

You will comply or you will be discriminated against.


A small business owner in Wisconsin was denied coronavirus relief funds from the local government after he participated in a rally protesting statewide stay-at-home measures to combat the pandemic.


Dimple and Denis Navratil have owned Dimple's Fine Imports LLC in Racine, Wisconsin, for more than 20 years. They applied twice for some of the $900,000 the city allocated to small businesses to help offset the financial burden of the health crisis, according to an investigation conducted by the Journal Times and published Sunday.

Upon receiving his second denial, Denis Navratil was told by the city's mayor that his attendance at a rally in Madison on April 24 protesting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers's "Safer at Home" measures was used as a basis for his rejection.

“Participating in mass gatherings outside of our community, such as the rally that was held at the State Capitol — such large gatherings have been linked to cases of COVID-19 around the state — and then returning to our City, only served to put our residents at unnecessary risk and, thus, factored into the funding consideration," Mayor Cory Mason told the paper.