BREAKING: Journalists To Establish “Independence Day Autonomous Zone” On Venice Beach
LOS ANGELES, CA — An “Independence Day Autonomous Zone” will be established on Venice Beach in Los Angeles to highlight the state and city’s new draconian and hypocritical lockdown restrictions. Venice Beach, along with several other beaches in Southern California, have been closed by the county during Independence Day weekend in an effort to “slow the spread” of the virus. A massive 30 foot long banner will be placed across the beach declaring the area free from the county’s beach closure orders:
The Autonomous Zone is led by guerilla journalists and podcasters Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. They are known for their podcast The Ann and Phelim Scoop, their film GOSNELL, their documentary Fracknation, and their plays Ferguson, and FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers. McAleer and McElhinney are New York Times bestselling authors who live in Venice, California.
The San Francisco Chronicle described McAleer as a “right wing Michael Moore” and he has been attacked on live TV and a mob surrounded his car after he asked some pointed questions at the Keystone Pipeline protests.
“Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti have encouraged and even participated in mass protests with thousands of people in the streets. They’ve allowed looters and rioters to overwhelm many of California’s biggest cities and Mayor Garcetti even joined thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters in a protest without wearing a mask. If Garcetti can protest with a crowd, families can go to the beach,” McAleer said.
McAleer said the “Autonomous Zone” is a piece of opinion journalism and that the banner is a play on the Black Lives Matter protests and autonomous zones that have been staged across the country with little condemnation from politicians and public health officials.
“Eric Garcetti took part in a protest without a mask. Over 1200 “Public Health Officials” signed a letter saying that it was okay for Black Lives Matter protests to go ahead while at the same time that they were closing down businesses and families wanting to enjoy the beach. If it is okay to be at a protest then there is no scientific evidence that suggests that Californians should be banned from the beach on Independence Day weekend,” said Phelim McAleer.
McAleer noted that the beach closures were more about optics than about science, “Closing the beach isn’t about saving lives — it’s about stopping the pictures of ‘packed beaches’ from overwhelming social media and embarrassing our politicians. We believe that policy decisions should be based on science and not spin. That’s why we’ve created an ‘Independence Day Autonomous Zone’ on the beach so families can enjoy their weekend outdoors if they choose.”
McAleer and McElhinney plan to occupy the Independence Day Autonomous Zone throughout the day and welcome others to join them. For immediate updates on the Independence Day Autonomous Zone you can follow the Ann & Phelim Scoop on Twitter.