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Deputies arrest three Freedom Rally protesters at Encinitas beach

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 21:52:28-04

ENCINITAS (KGTV) - Three people were arrested Saturday during a "Freedom Rally" protest in Encinitas, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The three individuals were among a group of several dozen people that gathered at Moonlight Beach to protest the county's beach closures and stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three people were cited for health order violations, said sheriff's Lt. Amber Baggs. The maximum penalty of the health orders could be citation for a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail, or both.

Baggs also said deputies issued one traffic citation and seven parking citations during the protest.

According to Baggs, there were between 75-100 people at the "The Surf's Up Shred the Tidal Wave of Tyranny" protest Saturday morning. The two-hour event was organized by Crista Anne Curtis, who led a similar protest last week.

"Several protestors walked onto the beach and sat as deputies began speaking to them regarding the County Public Health Order," said Baggs. "The people were given multiple opportunities to comply with the state and county orders. Three attendees refused and were arrested."

Another protest was planned for Sunday at the Pacific Beach lifeguard station at 700 Grand Ave. starting at 1 p.m.

Dubbed "A Day of Liberty San Diego Freedom Rally," that protest is being organized by Naomi Soria, according to social media posts announcing the rally. Soria organized last week's downtown San Diego rally.