Over the weekend, groups around the world rallied against coronavirus lockdown measures, and Tampa did not sit on the sideline.
A Worldwide Freedom Rally marched through downtown on Saturdaythe same day Florida reported a 60% increase in coronavirus casesto roughly say that broader social benefits werent worth the inconvenience of masks and vaccines. Other messages on the demonstrators' minds: Trump won, free political prisoners (aka insurrectionists), and, of course, dont tread on me.
And making sure the Tampa march was noticed were a handful of Proud Boys, many masked, walking with the rally and brazenly flashing white power signs. Public displays of white supremacy have become more frequent in Tampa this year, so Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reached out to the City of Tampa to see if there is more to say than hate has no home here, but the citys new communications director declined to comment.Ray Roa