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US Protesters, Children Burning Face Masks Outside Idaho State Capitol Has Left Twitter Choking

Buzz Staff
·3 min read

In a shocking incident, more than a hundred anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers in Idaho’s Boise burnt face masks to protest against coronavirus restrictions imposed upon cities. The mask burning, which took place in front of the Idaho Capitol on Saturday also included children who were encouraged by their parents to burn the masks. Videos posted on social media showed adults encouraging children to toss masks into a fire inside a trash can outside the steps to the state Capitol building. The protestors have alleged that wearing masks takes away their freedom, their rights and are a restriction of their freedoms. The anti-maskers also protested against President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schummer.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Sergio Olmos posted a series of photos and videos where children are seen being encouraged by elders to burn face masks. A protestor burned a surgical mask with ‘Joe Biden Sucks’ written on it.

A signboard carried by one protestor at the site said, “No masks, no mandates. Our face, our mind.”

Another one had a Benjamin Franklin quote, “Those who give up liberty to purchase safety deserve neither liberty or safety.”

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Republican Governor Brad Little has never issued a statewide mask mandate, but seven counties and 11 cities have such mandates in place.

Most netizens criticised the mask burning videos and expressed their shock and anger at the mask burning.

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The protest was organized in part by North Idaho Representative Heather Scott and Representative Dorothy Moon, who have thrown their support behind the mask burning protests.

An Idaho State Police spokesperson had informed the Insider that the protestors were informed of the rule both before and during the mask burning event that open flames are not allowed at State Capitol grounds and the incident will be reviewed.