On September 28 and 29, the Anchorage Assembly met to discuss AO 2021-91, the controversial “mask mandate.” On both nights, the Assembly chambers were filled almost entirely with unmasked individuals protesting the proposed mandate. The mood in the room was charged, and both nights were filled with near-constant interruptions, heckling, and outbursts targeted at sitting Assembly members. Many individuals wore yellow Stars of David, meant to evoke parallels between Covid restrictions and the Holocaust, and repeatedly invoked Nazi history and imagery.
Some of those present were respectful and provided thoughtful testimony, while others shouted, jeered, danced, or made violent remarks. On September 28, a man near the press box stated that it was “time to get out the gallows” for the Assembly. On September 29, a man in the front row told a confused security guard attempting to remove a disruptive individual that “Alaska is a stand-your-ground state” and that continued removals could result in the killing of security personnel. Multiple people were arrested at the September 29 meeting, including one individual with a firearm.
On the same day, a man providing testimony called Christopher Constant, who is openly gay, a “cock sucker.” The audience responded with sustained cheering, laughter, flag-waving, and applause.
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The meeting continues tonight, Thursday, September 30, starting at 6pm. The meeting can be viewed on the Anchorage Assembly YouTube channel.
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