Protesters burn masks at Idaho Capitol rally against rules


BOISE, Idaho – At least a hundred people gathered at the front of the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Anti-mask groups say mask mandates are a restriction of their freedoms. Health experts say they help slow the spread of the disease.

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Videos posted on social media showed adults encouraging children to toss masks into a fire.

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

More than 170,000 Idaho residents have been infected, and nearly 1,900 have died.

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