Tesla Worker Group Calls For Elon Musk's Arrest, Safety Inspection Before Reopening

A Tesla workers' group calls for the arrest of Elon Musk outside the Fremont factory at the center of the debate.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk won an apparent victory earlier this week when he was given the green light to begin reopening the company’s factory in Fremont.

However, many workers at that plant are warning it remains unsafe.

A defiant Elon Musk tweeted that his company would reopen the plant, regardless of Alameda County’s existing shelter-in-place rules, and that if anyone would be arrested, it should be him.

Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020

A group of Tesla worker advocates agree with that sentiment.

Carlos Gabriel, who works in the factory, doesn’t believe that’s possible.

"I don’t see a scenario where this virus can be contained," Gabriel told the crowd.

KCBS Radio's Susan Leigh Taylor discussed the story with Tim Higgins of The Wall Street Journal earlier this week. Listen to the interview below.