Washington, Jan 23 (EFE).- Not a week after the United States celebrated Martin Luther King Day, thousands of anti-vaxxers marched to demand “medical freedom” and protest coronavirus vaccine mandates and wearing facemasks, emulating the civil rights defender in a huge demonstration Sunday in Washington.
Coming from all over the US and harangued by the most prominent voices among the anti-vaccination movement – including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of late President John F. Kennedy and the son of late Sen. Robert Kennedy – the demonstrators at the “Defeat the Mandates” march gathered on the National Mall in the US capital.
They marched from the Washington Monument on either side of the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial, where they listened to speeches by demonstration organizers, many of whom are medical doctors.
#defeatthemandatesDC : Thousands are currently gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in protest against mandates.#MandatoryVaccination pic.twitter.com/YeQOCsfZDq
— LUKE2FREEDOM (@L2FTV) January 23, 2022
The site was the same one chosen for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech supporting civil rights for African Americans, and march organizers and the demonstrators did not hesitate on Sunday to try and establish parallels between the two causes.
Rev. King said that a person has the moral responsibility to fight against unjust laws, said comedian J.P. Sears to the thousands of marchers before the various medical doctors began addressing them.
Among the demonstrators, who ranged from young to elderly and came from as far away as Arizona and Texas, the references to King and quotes from his speeches were commonly heard, as for example a poster on which could be read MLK’s historic quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The woman carrying the sign, who identified herself only as “Anne,” told EFE that Rev. King opposed all sorts of mandates, adding that they are the same thing as fascism and King did not like fascism at all.
Besides the references to Rev. King, among the things chanted by the marchers were the constant references to freedom, especially “medical freedom,” demands not to experiment on humans and direct messages such as flags supporting former President Donald Trump and against President Joe Biden.
Nadia Zoltan, a woman with graying hair who came to Washington from Pennsylvania along with her husband and two sisters, told EFE that she was not anti-vax, but rather anti-mandate. She said that people should be free to do what they want, either get vaccinated or not, wear a facemask or not.
She said that being fired from your job for not getting vaccinated is “tyranny” and the US cannot become a tyranny.
Among the marchers there was a certain feeling of victory over the recent court decisions against Biden’s vaccine mandates, including the Supreme Court decision rendered on Jan. 13 that overturned the president’s directive to either get vaccinated or present weekly negative Covid-19 tests for workers at firms with 100 employees or more.
Fighting for medical freedom will always and forever be on the right side of history. #DefeatTheMandatesDC pic.twitter.com/W8cEEuhZfd
— Debra Lea (@thedebralea) January 23, 2022
More recently, last Friday a federal judge in Texas blocked another of Biden’s orders obligating federal government workers to get vaccinated against Covid.
Maryland resident Janer Kadin said that one step at a time people were moving toward victory, displaying a flag on which could be read “Let’s Go, Brandon,” a slogan that has become popular among the right in the US for insulting Biden.
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Be careful and don’t get any insurrection ideas.
The current socialist Democrat Party’s strategy to “fundamentally transform” America into Socialism:
• Hurling accusations of racism, magnified by compliant media, whenever someone questions any liberal policy or supports common-sense measures like voter ID and appointing one federal government person to preside over and approve or disapprove all State voting laws
• Using the COVID-19 pandemic to destroy small businesses, turn once-independent citizens into obedient automatons, and to speed up centralized power in large companies, communications and government. This includes villainizing the “unvaxed.”
• Deploying the LGBTQ agenda to isolate and criminalize Christians and observant Jews by turning civil rights law into a battering ram against traditional values.
• Enormously expanding the welfare state to increase dependency.
• Flooding the country with illegal aliens who will become a vast, new dependent population groomed to vote Democrat.
This treasonous, dishonorable, dishonest, non-credible, immoral, socialist Democrat Party has become our country’s most destructive and deadliest ENEMY!
I Hope they ALL GIVE kavenaugh a piece of their mind!
it amazes me how the sheep voters vote for criminal / communist dictators that end up strangling society. “Stupid is as stupid does”!
No more mandates on vaccinations or masks and lock downs. It is past time it should have all ended!
Long past time it should have happened: Over a year and a half past time.
In fact, it shouldn’t have lasted past the first two-weeks of lock down to ease the stress on the hospitals. And certainly once the vaccine started being administered.
Worst case, just as many people would have died from Covid, but maybe the number who died with Covid would not have been included to skew the death tolls to such frightening totals. After all, if you fall off a ladder, bust your head open and die of head trauma, and just happen to test positive for Covid, does not make you a victim of the virus, it means you died of head trauma. (One of thousands of cases where the hospitals were caught fudging the numbers.)
AND YET NOT a single hospital that got CAUGHT willfully fudging things like that, have even been LOOKED AT for medical fraud.
Not a single bloody one.
I commend everyone who was their on Americas behalf. The democrats are losing more and more ground and when the investigations get into full swing we will see even more dems drop out of sight.
Here we go, another insurrection. Where are the 15K National Guards? Watch out ladies, one of you may just be singled out to be murdered as an example.