Anti-lockdown demonstrators took to the streets of San Diego on April 26 to protest against California lockdown measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The renewed protests came a day after several anti-lockdown activists were arrested on San Diego’s Moonlight Beach for violating the state’s stay-at-home order.
California governor Gavin Newsom introduced the measure on March 19. Under the order, all of the state’s residents were required to stay at home except when exercising or completing necessary tasks.
In these videos, filmed near Pacific Beach in the city’s Avalon Plaza neighbourhood, protesters can be seen waving US flags and holding signs that read, “vote Newsom out” and “open California”, while others complain that the bearers’ constitutional rights are being violated. Motorists can be heard honking their car horns in the background.
At one stage, a protester can be seen wearing a cap that reads “F**K COVID”, while another person can be seen holding signs that reads, “Covid is a LIE.”
As of April 25, California had 39,254 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 1,216 were being treated in intensive care. Credit: Kelly Neill via Storyful