Huntington Beach

Modest turnouts for protests

TWO ANTI-MASK protests in Huntington Beach this week had modest turnouts (Shutterstock).

Maybe as most of the masks come off, so does some of the anger.

Two protests planned for Huntington Beach this week demonstrating against the restrictions imposed by the State of California’s reaction to the coronavirus ended up with modest turnouts.

According to Jennifer Carey, public information officer for the Huntington Beach Police Department, Monday’s event – a maskless “Freedom March” along Pacific Coast Highway from the city pier to the Pacific City mall – attracted a crowd estimated at 100 to 150 people. There were no arrests or incidents.

On Tuesday, a “mask-burning” event scheduled for the beach south of the pier had a turnout of “about 20 people,” according to Carey. There were no incidents and the group dispersed before 7 p.m.

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