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Right-wing Idaho activists burn masks, claiming COVID-19 restrictions infringe on liberties

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — More than a year into a pandemic that has claimed 523,000 lives in the United States, right-wing protesters in Idaho, including a handful of elected officials, set protective masks aflame Saturday, claiming face coverings stifle their personal liberties. Although local, state and federal health officials are clear that masks are crucial in the fight against COVID-19, ...

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — More than a year into a pandemic that has claimed 523,000 lives in the United States, right-wing protesters in Idaho, including a handful of elected officials, set protective masks aflame Saturday, claiming face coverings stifle their personal liberties.

Although local, state and federal health officials are clear that masks are crucial in the fight against COVID-19, helping to prevent the disease from spreading, 70 adults and children — none wearing face coverings — stepped forward on a downtown street corner in Coeur

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