A least 100 people gathered in front of the Idaho state capitol on Saturday to burn masks, in a protest against COVID-19 restrictions. Protesters claimed that the coronavirus is no more dangerous than the flu and that public health directives not based on science are dictatorial.
The protesters held mask-burnings Saturday in locations across the state, where masks are strongly recommended but not required by Idaho Gov. Brad Little.
At a gathering of more than 100 in the state capital, protesters tossed coverings into a flaming barrel and cheered at supportive remarks by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.
Families burning masks on Idaho Capitol steps pic.twitter.com/6nfLWJ8XFy— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) March 6, 2021
Protesters claimed that the coronavirus is no more dangerous than the flu and that public health directives not based on science are dictatorial.
Videos posted on social media on Saturday showed adults in Boise encouraging children to toss masks into a fire. One child could be heard to say: “Here fire, you hungry? Here’s another mask.”
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