Between 2,500 and 3,000 people gathered a block from the beach Friday to voice their anger against Gavin Newsom’s latest crackdown.
ABC News reported:
Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Huntington Beach on Friday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders.
Huntington Beach and several other Orange County cities have been among the most vocal in the state in opposition to the governor’s restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.
In particular, his orders this week to close Orange County’s beaches have triggered criticism and complaint from OC residents.
The crowds gathered a block from the beach, holding signs such as “Recall Newsom” and waving flags.
Huntington Beach police estimated the crowd size at 2,500-3,000.
Many of them appeared to be standing close to each other, not obeying the six-foot distancing guidelines issued by the state and most health authorities.
The Huntington Beach City Council on Thursday voted 5-2 to pursue a legal challenge against Newsom’s order.
The city council of Dana Point also voted, 4-1, to pursue a temporary restraining order against the governor and the state.
A line of officers on horseback stood by to contain the crowds to the sidewalks. Nearby the beach appeared mostly empty, though not entirely, after Newsom’s beach closure order took effect Friday.
Sheriff Don Barnes of Orange County said his department would not actively seek to arrest people on beaches, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Protests are breaking out across the country.
Americans are fed up with mayors, governors, and law enforcement encroaching on civil liberties under the guise of “public safety”.
A reminder from the U.S. Attorney General: