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Group plans Operation Haircut at state Capitol

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Posted at 7:01 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 19:46:01-04

WALLED LAKE, Mich. — A conservative political group is planning to offer free haircuts at the state Capitol next Wednesday as a "small step" to re-open Michigan.

The rally, called Operation Haircut, is being produced by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, which is made up of Republicans "who want our party to stop moving left," according to the group's Facebook page.

It is scheduled to run from noon to 3 p.m. on May 20 on the front lawn of the Capitol.

The idea for Operation Haircut was "inspired by the police state tactics in Owosso," according to the group's website.

Earlier this month, 77-year-old Owosso barber Karl Manke re-opened his shop, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. His license was ultimately suspended by the state on May 13.

"We support all barbers, hairstylists, nail techs, massage therapists, salons all over Michigan that have been shut down and can’t feed their families," the group says.

The group plans to offer haircuts by volunteers from shops that have been closed.

"Citizens across Michigan need to get back to work," the group says. "Get back to living their lives."

The Michigan Conservative Coalition also organized last month's Operation Gridlock rally at the Capitol.