Many of the participants were LAPD, Los Angeles firefighters and first responders.
Retired Los Angeles Police Department detective Moses Castillo told KTLA the protesters weren’t anti-vaccine, but were against forced government inoculations.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park on Monday morning to protest against COVID-19 vaccination mandates enacted by the city and other government entities.
The demonstration, dubbed the March for Freedom rally, was being held on the same day that the city’s proof of full COVID-19 vaccination mandate, one of the strictest in the U.S., went into effect.
Many of the protesters carried American flags and signs decrying vaccination requirements. Few were wearing masks amid the large crowd.
Dozens of people among the crowd were wearing clothes designating their employment with the Los Angeles city and county fire departments, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other government agencies.