A health official had to leave a meeting in Covid when anti-lockdown protesters terrified their son by surrounding their home.
The Idaho meeting was canceled after just 15 minutes as some protesters showed up at the homes of members of the Central District Health Committee and others forced their way into the venue.
“My 12-year-old son is home alone at the moment and there are demonstrators knocking at the door,” said board member Diana Lachionado, according to the KTVB.
“I’ll go home and make sure he’s okay.”
The protests were reportedly organized by People’s Rights, a group formed by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy who criticizes critics of virus mask mandates.
Idaho has seen more than 113,000 Covid cases and more than 1,000 deaths.
“Again armed protesters gathered in front of my house: screaming, hitting, firing air horns, amplifying Scarface sound clips, accusing me of tyranny and crouching inside,” Ms. Lachianado wrote later on Twitter.
“There is an ugliness and cruelty in our national rhetoric that is reaching a feverish climax here at home, and that should concern us all. And most of all, I am afraid of the current development of the virus. ”
The meeting was canceled at the request of Boises Mayor Lauren McLean for security reasons.
“This morning Lee and I, in consultation with the Boise Police Chief, Central District Health, asked Central District Health to adjourn their meeting in the interests of public safety. The temperature had risen to a point that was no longer safe,” said Mrs. McLean.
Boise Police Department said it requested cancellation after protesters forced entry into the health department building.
Officials say Yvonne St Cyr, 53, of Boise, was the only person arrested for misdemeanor after she refused to leave.
Police chiefs say they will seek arrest warrants to disrupt peace allegations for people who have turned up in the homes of three board members.
“We appreciate the public’s interest and investment in this process, but the safety of CDH employees, our board members and our law enforcement partners is of the utmost importance,” said CDH Director Russell Duke.
“Our community has been severely affected by this virus and our team members and board of directors are working tirelessly to protect the health of our community.”