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Rally against COVID mandates draws eyes, honks in downtown Danville

Small Sunday afternoon demonstration takes over prominent intersection

Anti-mask demonstrators took to the intersection of Hartz and Prospect avenues beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 23). (Photo by Jeanita Lyman)

Drivers honked and revved their engines in support of demonstrators protesting against COVID-19 mask and vaccine requirements while gathered for more than two hours at the intersection of Hartz and Prospect avenues in downtown Danville on Sunday.

The rally kicked off at 2 p.m., with participants meeting at the Starbucks Reserve near the prominent downtown intersection. Approximately 25 to 30 demonstrators gathered on all four corners of the intersection with signs protesting the COVID mitigation measures that continue to be in place locally and nationally as the pandemic heads into its third year.

The Jan. 23 demonstration in Downtown Danville lasted just over two hours, with protesters dispersing before 4:30 p.m. (Photo by Jeanita Lyman)

Protestors denounced vaccine and mask requirements, drawing attention with chanting, noisemakers, music and American flags. While some of the honks and cheering that could be heard ringing through downtown Danville were from those spontaneous passersby in agreement, other supporters of the rally garnered additional attention with motorcycles, sports cars and large trucks sporting signs in line with the protest -- and several reading "Trump 2024."

In addition to garnering attention to their cause that day, demonstrators circulated a petition aimed at preventing mask and vaccine mandates at the legislative level amongst the crowd and to passersby.

The demonstrators dispersed peacefully by 4:30 p.m., with some making their way home and others continuing to gather in smaller groups at bars and restaurants downtown.

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Rally against COVID mandates draws eyes, honks in downtown Danville

Small Sunday afternoon demonstration takes over prominent intersection

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, Jan 24, 2022, 3:21 pm

Drivers honked and revved their engines in support of demonstrators protesting against COVID-19 mask and vaccine requirements while gathered for more than two hours at the intersection of Hartz and Prospect avenues in downtown Danville on Sunday.

The rally kicked off at 2 p.m., with participants meeting at the Starbucks Reserve near the prominent downtown intersection. Approximately 25 to 30 demonstrators gathered on all four corners of the intersection with signs protesting the COVID mitigation measures that continue to be in place locally and nationally as the pandemic heads into its third year.

Protestors denounced vaccine and mask requirements, drawing attention with chanting, noisemakers, music and American flags. While some of the honks and cheering that could be heard ringing through downtown Danville were from those spontaneous passersby in agreement, other supporters of the rally garnered additional attention with motorcycles, sports cars and large trucks sporting signs in line with the protest -- and several reading "Trump 2024."

In addition to garnering attention to their cause that day, demonstrators circulated a petition aimed at preventing mask and vaccine mandates at the legislative level amongst the crowd and to passersby.

The demonstrators dispersed peacefully by 4:30 p.m., with some making their way home and others continuing to gather in smaller groups at bars and restaurants downtown.

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Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jan 26, 2022 at 8:48 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jan 26, 2022 at 8:48 am

Best of all, the demonstration was peaceful - regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the cause.


tomdanville
Registered user
Danville
on Jan 27, 2022 at 7:01 am
tomdanville, Danville
Registered user
on Jan 27, 2022 at 7:01 am

peaceful except for the fact that they weren't wearing masks and yelling, thus spreading Covid all over the place


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jan 27, 2022 at 10:13 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jan 27, 2022 at 10:13 am

@ Tomdanville

Do you wear your mask in your automobile ? I’m willing to bet you do. Just remember, you can’t catch Covid from a car.


tomdanville
Registered user
Danville
on Jan 27, 2022 at 3:57 pm
tomdanville, Danville
Registered user
on Jan 27, 2022 at 3:57 pm

I don't wear my mask in my car. Why do you think I do? I also don't wear my mask when I am dining with friends. But since I respect other peoples health, the wishes of businesses and believe in science I do wear a mask in public settings with large crowds with people I dont know, when I go to Warriors games, on planes and other close quarters. Most Patriotic Americans act that way. How about you Mr Hex?


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jan 27, 2022 at 9:11 pm
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jan 27, 2022 at 9:11 pm

@ Tomdanville

Thomas of Danvillia stated the following: “Most patriotic Americans act that way.”

Act? Which way is that? Are you saying that those demonstrators are unpatriotic? If that’s the case, then the US Supreme Court must be unpatriotic too. After all, the Biden administration recently withdrew the Covid vaccine mandate for businesses after losing their case.

Oh, and since you like the NBA, Kyrie Irving is unvaccinated and therefore ineligible to play at home because of a local mandate in New York State. So, is Irving unpatriotic too? But th, th, that ain’t all, folks!

The NBA and Communist China make an interesting couple, don’t they? China pays the NBA millions of dollars (ask LeBron) while it’s fellow countrymen are locked up in internment camps.

As of 2020, it was estimated that Chinese authorities may have detained up to 1.8 million people, mostly Uyghurs but also including Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other ethnic Turkic Muslims, Christians, as well as some foreign citizens including Kazakhstanis, in these secretive internment camps located throughout the region.

China is the most significant growth market for the NBA and already accounts for nearly 10% of the league's global revenue. The NBA sees China as crucial to its financial future.

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tomdanville
Registered user
Danville
on Jan 28, 2022 at 9:01 am
tomdanville, Danville
Registered user
on Jan 28, 2022 at 9:01 am

Gina M Channell, Publisher does this warrant a cut off based on sniping or since Mr Hex is advocating a right leaning point of view you will keep it going, just want to check before I respond


Gina M Channell, Publisher
Registered user
Danville
on Jan 28, 2022 at 12:56 pm
Gina M Channell, Publisher, Danville
Registered user
on Jan 28, 2022 at 12:56 pm

The thread has devolved into two people sniping at each other and will be closed.


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