The 'base' of the anti-vaccination movement in the US 4The 'base' of the anti-vaccination movement in the US 4

An unemployed comedian from New Jersey.

For months, far-right activists across the United States have protested against mask mandates, business closures, curfews, and even local public health officials, arguing that the way to combat the epidemic

California, which recorded an average of 500 deaths per day from Covid-19 over the past week and is expected to soon become the state with the highest number of deaths from the pandemic, has become the `home base` of this wave.

Last week at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a small but influential group of protesters vandalized a vaccination site that was providing an average of more than 6,000 shots a day.

The group protested at the entrance to the Covid-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles last week.

The disruption shows the increasingly fierce confrontation between anti-vaccine groups, who have long viewed mandatory school vaccination laws as excessive government intervention.

In California, the anti-vaccination movement has been famous for decades, with the support of many wealthy families and Hollywood celebrities.

`Anti-vaccine attitudes have been around as long as vaccines themselves,` said Richard M. Carpiano, a professor of sociology and public policy at the University of California.

Anti-vaccine activists in California have long been known for their extremism.

They assaulted a lawmaker in Sacramento and threw waste at lawmakers in the state Capitol in 2019. Last spring, they pressured the Orange County health director to resign, by threatening to expose him.

`I think the most worrying thing is that this wave is escalating,` said Richard Pan, a pediatrician and the state’s Democratic senator.

`This movement not only spreads false information or lies about vaccines, but also aggressively threatens and intimidates those who try to share correct information,` he added.

Jason Lefkowitz, 42, a comedian and one of the leaders of the anti-vaccine movement in California, said the catalyst for the protest at Dodger Stadium was the death of Hank Aaron, the 86-year-old baseball legend.

Anti-vaxxers, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, immediately considered Aaron’s death to be related to the Covid-19 vaccine.

`I’m not a person who likes violence. There’s no one in my group who likes violence or anything, but there are a lot of people who don’t want to get this vaccine or are forced to get it,` Lefkowitz said.

The protest group plans to return to Dodger Stadium and feels empowered rather than discouraged by criticism on social media.

`They’re indirectly helping us because now I feel excited in a way like, ‘Oh, this is going to make the news,’` Lefkowitz said.

The motivation for many protesters to switch from opposing masks to opposing vaccines was clearly shown in the Facebook livestream of Omar Navarro, a Republican who often challenges Democratic congressman Maxine Waters.

`They want to deceive us,` Navarro said.

Observers believe that the lack of strong sanctions against the language and extravagant actions of anti-vaccination groups has made the situation worse.

`The situation where people bully and threaten others but suffer few consequences has existed for a long time. And this makes them more and more extravagant and agitated,` he said.

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