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Protesters hold "mask burning rally" outside Maricopa County Public Health


"We are the people, and we're done putting a muzzle on our face," said Lena Larsen, who led the group.

They called it a "mask burning rally" one year after the pandemic began. People took turns throwing their masks in a burning trash can to prove their point.

"We're looking and calling upon all Arizonans to join us in our fight to regain our constitutional freedoms," said Larsen.

The group specifically held their rally in front of the Maricopa County Public Health Department, wanting officials to know they were there.

CJ Trapeur told Arizona's Family he can see both sides but wants it to come down to personal choice.

"I'm fine wearing a mask; it's just I would rather not. I like personal freedom, so that's kind of what I stand for," Trapeur said. "If you're too scared of COVID, it's easier to stay home than go out and be worried and still wear a mask."