LISTEN: California residents protest beach closures in Seal Beach, Calif.

By Hannah Harn
BU News Service

SEAL BEACH, CA — As demonstrations protesting stay-at-home orders pop up across the country, residents of Seal Beach, Calif., gathered at the Seal Beach pier Saturday to protest closures of beaches in the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down beaches in Orange County Thursday after shores were packed with people looking to beat the heat.

Many carried American flags as well as “Don’t Tread on Me” banners. Some young protesters carried boogie boards with messages such as “Gavin Don’t Surf” and “Open the Beach – It’s my Playground.”

The pier is right next to a police station, and local law enforcement was present to ensure safety. Sgt. Nick Nicholas, the spokesperson for the Seal Beach Police Department, said that they want people to express their views while staying safe.

While the protest remained peaceful, attendees did push past caution tape to move onto the beach. Seal Beach police followed on beach vehicles and returned demonstrators to the street. Protesters then took a walk down Main Street with flags, signs and surfboards in tow.

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