Mayor Dave Bronson encouraged people to attend the 5 pm Thursday meeting of the Anchorage Assembly to witness the Assembly override his veto of the emergency ordinance forcing all in Anchorage to wear masks.
But a group of Democrats has called for their masked brethren to show up in force, double-masked, and occupy the front of the Assembly chambers to push out the pro-freedom activists who have spent dozens of hours expressing their opposition to the law, which is not in effect until the override vote.
The Democrats will be arriving early, and in force, according to the organizer, Elstun Lauesen, who is the husband of Rep. Harriet Drummond, an Anchorage Democrat.
“We need 200 people in the assembly chambers tomorrow to support our Assembly. Occupy the front of the room and form a barrier between the Assembly and the mob. Be there when they open at 5:00.
DOUBLE-MASK! [NOTE: Several folks mentioned that “if it opens at 5, be there by 4:15 to get in]” Lauesen wrote.
The Assembly Chamber doesn’t hold 200 people but the group appears ready to ignore the six-foot distancing guidelines, protected by their double masks. The Assembly majority has set 100 as the limit for the room, which can hold up to 180.
In his response to a question from one of his Facebook friends, Lauesen called Bronson a “fascist Mayor.”
“The fascist Mayor vacated security for the assembly before, he may do it again,”
Lauesen, the organizer of the occupy Democrats, also wrote that he hopes author Suzanne Downing of Must Read Alaska ends up on a ventilator to end her career:
In the past, Lauesen has incited violence, calling for pitchforks and tar and feathers to be used against public officials in the Dunleavy Administration. The mainstream media has ignored his threats.
Mayor Bronson has continued to oppose the compulsory mask ordinance in a statement on Wednesday on Facebook:
“The Assembly didn’t even have the conviction, courtesy, or courage to take those actions in front of the people. Instead, they waited to introduce and pass this measure without public notice and after 10pm at night. They have made their agenda clear: shut down the people, shut down the public process, and shove the heavy hand of government mandates into your personal health decisions,” Bronson said.
Bronson wrote of the ordinance, “It’s also un-Alaskan, to force a mask and take away someone’s right to make their own choices for their health. Please come out and respectfully express your right to be part of the public process.”
The Assembly is sure to override his veto of the mandatory masks for Anchorage, as nine of the Assembly members voted in favor of what they are deeming an emergency ordinance.
The Assembly majority lied to the public, telling them they would be able to give testimony about the ordinance on Wednesday, and then at the end of Tuesday’s meeting, passed a look-alike ordinance without public testimony, making the Wednesday meeting for a hearing unnecessary.