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Tucson Mayor says mask protests at her home are "intimidation, not activism"

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 14:13:52-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero says recent protests at her home are a risk to public health.

Protesters against the mayor's citywide mandate to wear masks in public places congregated at the mayor's home over the weekend, and the group says they plan to do the same this weekend as well.

Romero issued a statement Thursday calling the protests "intimidation" and a risk to public health:

“Coming to my home while my children are here is intimidation, not activism, and only emboldens others to harass. Congregating outside of my house withouts masks sacrifices our community’s public health and only adds to the strain that our doctors and nurses are already experiencing at our hospitals.”

A spokesperson for the mayor confirmed security has been increased at her home since Saturday's protest.