New group challenges Montana’s COVID mandates and plans to defend affected businesses

HELENA — A new grassroots organization has been created to help individuals and businesses challenge COVID mandates in Montana for what they call government overreach.

The Freedom Protection Project was created by the organizers of the “Let Freedom Ring” concert that was held at the beginning of October in the Helena Valley.

“A lot of other groups have tried to do things, and after we had the concert it kind of opened it up a lot more and really ballooned from there,” said Char Snyder, Freedom Protection Project board member. “We really thought we’d have the concert and things would die down, but we have had so many calls from other organizations that we couldn’t say no.”