Deputies arrest 3 protesters during fiery anti-lockdown rally at closed San Diego-area beach - VIDEO

"This is America!" shouted one man who was led away in handcuffs as protesters swarmed in to record the exchange.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Multiple people were arrested Saturday for showing up to a closed beach in the San Diego area to protest the county's beach shutdowns and stay-at-home order, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Office.

About 75 to 100 people protesters gathered for a rally at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, according to deputies. A total of three people were arrested for refusing to comply with the county and state public health orders, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

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"The virus is as present and prevalent as it's ever been. It's transmissible as it's ever been. Nothing has changed in that respect," the governor said.


Cellphone video posted to the @openencinitas Instagram account shows one interaction, with a man being led away in handcuffs yelling, "This is America!"

Another protest was planned for Sunday at the Pacific Beach lifeguard station, starting at 1 p.m. Beaches in the area, including Encinitas, will remain closed until Monday, when they will be partially reopened.

There have been several days of protests in cities around the country with demonstrators calling for the reopening of local and state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thousands of people flocked to Huntington Beach again on Saturday, one day after crowds descended upon the beach amid the ongoing heat wave.



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In places like Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


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