A day after California Gov. Newsom closed Orange County beaches, thousands of protesters assembled at the Huntington Beach pier to demonstrate their frustration with the state's coronavirus stay-at-home order.
The tightly packed crowd of nearly 3,000 people held signs shouting, "All jobs are essential," "Newsom is not essential," and "The shutdown is killing us, open our state now," according to a local police chief.
As the protesters lifted their signs and proclaimed "Open California," vehicles decorated with American flags honked their horns in support.
Some protesters believe Gov. Newsom has overstepped his authority with his continual extensions of the stay-at-home mandate.
"He keeps dangling the carrot," one factory worker said. "First he said 14 days, then two weeks, 30 days and now says it will be well in May. The numbers [involving the infection rate] don't support it."
Others believe their personal freedoms are at stake, saying "we have the right to open up our city" and "we are fighting for our freedom."