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Mayor Ron Nirenberg Calls Protesters In Austin ‘Pure Ignorance’

On Saturday afternoon, about 200 protesters defied social distancing rules to gather in front of the Texas capitol, calling for leaders to lift social and economic restrictions enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg labeled the Austin event “careless” and “reckless” during his daily briefing that evening.

“What’s going on outside in these protests is pure ignorance,” Nirenberg said.

“Folks who congregate may in fact be carrying the virus and not even know it, but end up infecting someone they love who will die from it,” he said. “I know this is difficult. We don’t take any pleasure in having to close things down temporarily, but we’re trying to save lives.”

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Sunday that while the protestors “may think they’re macho by being out there,” they posed a threat to their communities by gathering in close proximity without face masks.

“They’re not only threatening the people that were at that rally,” Wolff said. “They’re threatening everybody else because all those people are going to go somewhere else.”

“It’s just hard for me to conceive that people can be that stupid,” he added.