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Mandate free march draws crowds

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

First photo: Marchers carrying signs and flags along Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului take part in Saturday’s Mandate Free Maui March & Rally. The event drew a large crowd estimated at about 2,000 or more people. “This is happening in every town near you and big city in the country,” said Makawao’s Emily Jahnsen. “We’re very united in this one goal, and that goal is medical freedom of choice.” The line of marchers stretched all the way from the Keopuolani Skateboard Park to the sidewalk fronting Queen Kaahumanu Center.

Second photo: Ralliers march against vaccine mandates. Maui County recently began its “Safer Outside” initiative, which mandates that customers 12 years and older be vaccinated to be able to sit indoors at eateries and also enter gyms.

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