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Protesters rallied against curfew

THE STATEWIDE coronavirus curfew brought out protesters in downtown Huntington Beach on Saturday night (Shutterstock).

An estimated 200 protestors objecting to the statewide coronavirus curfew took to the streets on Saturday night in Huntington Beach.

Waving flags, signs and chanting, the demonstrators thronged the area of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in the downtown area. According to police, the event was loud but peaceful, although one person was arrested for public drunkenness.

Some of the protesters carried banners supporting President Donald Trump; others waved the yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flag.

The group assembled at 10 p.m. and dispersed around 12:30 a.m. The governor’s “stay-at-home” order covers the hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It began on Saturday and is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. unless extended.

Those not engaged in “essential activity” are banned from traveling or operating businesses, although local law enforcement authorities generally are not citing or arresting violators.

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