Texas bar owners suing governor hold 'bar lives matter' protest

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Texas bar owners who are suing Gov. Greg Abbott for closing down bars last week have held two protests, complete with "bar lives matter" signage.

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More than 30 bar owners filed suit Monday alleging Abbott's Friday order arbitrarily picks winners and losers, the Austin American- Statesman reported.

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Bar owners gathered to protest the coronavirus closures at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday.

Tee Allen Parker, owner of Machine Shed Bar & Grill, is lead plaintiff in the suit.

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Demonstrators hold up signs during a “Bar Lives Matter” protest in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.(Sergio Flores/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“I don't think it’s right that [Abbott is] violating our constitutional rights,” Allen Parker told the Texas Tribune. “The reason I'm speaking up is I don't like that he can't be consistent. You lead by example. Everything he’s said he’s walked back. And I’m disappointed in him because I was a big fan of his.”

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“He wanted the spotlight, so he made the decision to open up first so he could get national news," Allen Parker continued. "But what I know is he’s closed my business and he’s violated my constitutional right."

Abbott also closed down rafting and tubing and reduced capacity at dine-in restaurants with the order.

Texas added 6,975 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

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