Elon Musk brands US lockdown measures ‘fascist’ and claims they pose a serious risk to Tesla
Tesla boss Elon Musk has branded virus lockdown measures ‘fascist’ and warned they pose a ‘serious risk’ to his company.
The electric car maker’s factory in Fremont, California, has been closed since March 24 as part of a government clampdown, requiring people to stay indoors to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
But Musk claimed the move was ‘not democratic’ and called on authorities to ‘give people back their goddamn freedom’.
Tesla boss Elon Musk claims US lockdown measures are ‘not democratic’ and called on authorities to ‘give people back their goddamn freedom’
The 48-year-old said Tesla – and a host of other businesses – would suffer ‘great harm’ if they were not allowed to resume production soon.
The billionaire accused authorities of ‘breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why people came to America or built this country’.
He added: ‘To say that they cannot leave their house, and they will be arrested if they do, this is fascist.’
Tesla said it made a £13million profit after revenues of £4.8billion, up from £3.6billion a year previously, in the first three months of 2020, the third quarter in a row it remained in the black.