Louisianians protest for $600 benefit, against evictions

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By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and REBECCA SANTANA

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Protesters are calling for the continuation of $600 federal unemployment benefits as well as an end to evictions while the coronavirus pandemic rages. Unemployed workers gathered outside the offices of the state’s two Republican U.S. senators Thursday. Both senators support a proposal to reduce the benefit to $200 a week for people out of work because of the pandemic. Demonstrations were slated for eight other Louisiana cities. Protesters also gathered Thursday at a court in New Orleans where evictions are held and kept people from going inside. They’d like evictions stopped while the pandemic makes it difficult for people to go back to work.