In this extended episode of Us As We Are, we attend Ashland's most recent anti-mask/anti-COVID protest. Things started out pretty tense, with a skirmish breaking out between a protester and a counter-protester, followed by the same protester attempting to prevent us from filming the story. Once things calm down, we talk to a wide range of individuals who have doubts about the seriousness of COVID and the safety of vaccines. We also talk to one of the counter-protesters in attendance, who explains the alleged connection between the local anti-mask movement and known neo-Nazis like Michael "Biome" Erickson. The evidence behind this claim can be found in the links included below. Most of the anti-mask protesters, when asked, deny holding any Nazi ideology, though some do acknowledge the Nazi fringe which exists within the group. Altogether, this was one of the most interesting events to cover in 2021 thus far.
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