Video of a Twin Cities TV reporter's encounter with demonstrators outside a Stearns County bar has gone viral, highlighting tensions over coronavirus restrictions and even the act of wearing a mask.
KARE 11's Lou Raguse can be seen in the footage (below) being harrassed by protesters outside Shady's Hometown Tavern in Albany, who yell at him to take off his mask. They were there in support of Shady's controversial fight to reopen ahead of June 1, when the state officially relaxes some coronavirus restrictions on bars and restaurants.
The video was shared on Twitter by FOX 9's Paul Blume, and has been retweeted thousands of times:
As the Star Tribune notes, a judge will rule soon on whether Shady's can reopen.
The harassment of Raguse is not the only such attack on journalists covering coronavirus-related protests. Earlier this month, video footage of a Long Island, New York, reporter being berated by anti-lockdown demonstrators made national headlines, with some protesters calling him "fake news" and "enemy of the people."
Watch it below (WARNING: the video contains some offensive language):
The story received even more coverage when President Donald Trump retweeted it, praising the protesters as "great people":