A smaller crowd than expected arrived in Washington, DC to protest vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions.
A permit issued by the National Park Service revealed that the rally organisers thought that as many as 20,000 people would attend, but The Washington Post estimated that a group of several thousand had made it to the National Mall by Sunday afternoon.
The group of mostly unmasked protesters gathered in Washington, a city that has instituted both mask and vaccine mandates, to protest measures to battle the Covid-19 pandemic which has killed more than 865,000 Americans to date.
The seven-day average of new daily cases in the nation’s capital went from 101 on 13 December to 2,251 on 8 January. That figure has since gone down again to 761 as of 22 January, according to data from The New York Times.
The demonstrators included people of all ages, most of them being white and with many wearing Donald Trump gear.
A number of men stood in front of a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, chanting “Let’s go Brandon”, which is code for their subsequent chant – “f**k Joe Biden” as the crowd cheered them on.