Anti-Vaxxers Rile Covid Believers
About 400 to 500 demonstrators prayed by the Santa Monica Pier Sunday afternoon.
September 9, 2021
By David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer
8/29: While there was a lot of prayer, it did not turn out to be the apocalypse by the sea that some predicted. Antifa or other opposing demonstrators did not show up and Sunday's was entirely peaceful.
"Our Bodies, Ourselves" was a common theme, as speaker after speaker opposed mandatory vaccinations. Cal. SB 455 would require coronavirus vaccinations to enter any building.
Speakers expressed anger at lockdowns. One man wore a T Shirt reading "covid 19 is a Scam." A man carrying a rainbow flag said that he represented "gays opposed to vaccine mandates."
Speakers, many of whom offered prayers, were frequently interrupted by honking from passersby. A man dressed as Uncle Sam interrupted the scheduled speakers to "praise our Lord Jesus Christ" and deliver a brief sermon.
Speakers exhorted the genteel crowd to vote to recall Gavin Newsom and George Gascon. They also opposed vaccination mandates, though some in the crowd had themselves been vaccinated.
Newsom and Gascon have come to symbolize the opposite of the demands of a growing movement, separate from the US Conservative Movement. These are people who simply want to be left alone, when it comes to Covid-19.
Some expressed exhaustion with masks, vaccinations and broken promises about the end of the worldwide pandemic. Some people in passing cars honked in support, but others insulted the demonstrators. Some people passing by called them "idiots" or "Morons." Clearly not everyone is ready to declare an end to Covid-19 and hope for the best.
Of course, not everyone was there for purely political reasons. " Muse Activatrix" Alita Arose said "I came to because I value liberty and I value freedom."