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Vaccination enemies target homes of LA city council members

Hours after a rally in Santa Monica against COVID-19 vaccination warrants on Sunday, protesters opposed to required vaccines showed up at the homes of two members of the Los Angeles City Council.

Protesters knocked on the door of the home of City Council Chairman Nury Martinez in Sun Valley around 7:30 p.m., Martinez told The Times. The group also attempted to harass Martinez’s neighbors, she said.

Protesters opposing the vaccination warrants also visited the home of Councilor Mitch O’Farrell, who represents Echo Park, Silver Lake and neighboring neighborhoods on Sunday evening, O’Farrell spokesman Dan Halden said. He did not provide further details.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incidents.

Hundreds of people took to a park near the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday to rally against vaccination warrants. Organizers led the group in prayers, gave speeches, waved flags supporting former President Trump, and spoke about recall attempts against several Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascon.

Health experts have said COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and save lives. Data released by Los Angeles County last week have shown that hospitals are seeing more unvaccinated people who are younger and healthy.

At one point during Sunday’s rally, a man held up a sign which he said showed the home address of each member of city council, according to a video posted on social media. If city council voted for a vaccination mandate, protesters would visit their homes, the man said, according to the video.

“Whoever votes yes, we are coming to your door,” the man said, according to the video. “We are coming to you. Do you want to intimidate us? We come to you now.

At another point, he said if the vaccine mandates were adopted, “civil war is approaching, take up your arms.”

Martinez suggested on Monday that there was a link between the publication of the addresses of council members and the people who showed up at his door.

“This is all just because we are asking people to wear a mask and get vaccinated,” she said.

The Los Angeles City Council voted this month to ask city attorneys to draft a law that would require people to have at least one dose of the vaccine when going to restaurants, bars, gyms, stores and movie theaters. The plan has not been finalized and the bill has yet to be approved by the full council.

Protesters of various political stripes have targeted LA politicians at their homes for the past 18 months. Those angry at face masks and the rules forcing businesses to shut down held regular protests last year outside Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of LA.

Martinez’s house was also targeted in June. Security videos and news reports show that white liquid was poured over Martinez’s car, while the phrase “finish the sweeps” was written on his driveway, a reference to the town’s sweeps of sans-camp settlements. shelter that force people to remove their tents.