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Mandate free march draws crowd

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

FIRST PHOTO: Mandate Free Maui Unity Rally and March participants begin marching along Kanaloa Avenue Saturday afternoon in Kahului. The march began after about two and a half hours of speeches by speakers from Maui, around the state and the Mainland. “Our government wants to say we don’t have liberty, we don’t have rights anymore,” said For Our Rights CEO and speaker Levana Lomma of Kauai. “Because of a so-called emergency he (Gov. David Ige) thinks he can be a dictator. There is no emergency. Ultimately, what we need to do is be brave, to stand up and say no, I’m not going to wear a mask. I am not going to quarantine.”

SECOND PHOTO: Maui Police Dept. Kahului Community Police Officer Sean Bio (middle front) talks with march volunteers at the start of the event Saturday. Bio explained that since organizers did not receive a permit for the event, officers would not be stopping traffic at street crossing and participants would need to stay on sidewalks and in crosswalks.

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