Small Group Burns Masks as ‘Tools of Terror’ in Protest in Mission Bay Park

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in Health, Ocean Beach, San Diego

By Ken Stone / Times of San Diego / August 8, 2020

As if casting out demons, dozens of people tossed pricey KN95 face masks into a fire pit Friday in Mission Bay Park.

The coverings were depicted as “tools of terror” being used to “turn neighbor against neighbor.” They were a “precursor to adult mandatory vaccination” and “getting everybody angry.”

Said one older man, wearing a “MAGA FIGHT CLUB” shirt: “I’m ready to die for this mission” but: “First of all, we need to get Trump re-elected.”

The discarded five-layer masks — fresh from their cellophane packaging — carried their own defiant messages into the Ski Beach flames at an event labeled “Burn Your Mask Bonfire.”

Examples included: “This mask is as useless as Gavin Newsom,” “Lies by the mainstream media” and “Nice try, Satan.”

A woman with a young girl tossed many masks. One was labeled: “This mask does not protect you or me.” Another said: “Jesus and only Jesus can save.”

As two officers watched from a San Diego police vehicle, the event organized by Amber Lynn Gilles of Starbucks mask-refusal fame could be mistaken for any other beach gathering. (But no marshmallows were roasted. In fact, no refreshments were served at the two-hour rally.)

A handful of critical observers wore masks but didn’t get into the faces of the three dozen responding to Gilles’ summons on Facebook. One man labeled the group “batshit crazy” and rode away on his bike saying “people are dying.”

The event began about 40 minutes late — with an entertainer unable to activate a small gasoline generator. It was meant to provide electricity for amplifiers.

So the barefoot Gilles went to Plan B, moving featured speakers to the fire pit instead of a grassy overlook.

Most passionate was Genevieve Peters, whose 22-minute May 7 video of being kicked out of a Rancho Palos Verdes Trader Joe’s has 144,000 views (and many more on other channels).

“For millions of years, we have had viruses. … We have had bacteria. And all sorts of … microorganisms,” she said, searching for the right pronunciation. When they are infectious, she declared, “God gave us our immune system.”

She touted hydroxychloroquine as a way to prevent COVID-19 and urged the crowd to watch “America’s Frontline Doctors,” the viral video that health experts have denounced as dangerous.

Peters insisted that countries using hydroxychloroquine to treat malaria can boast of only one or two deaths per million. But that belief, promoted by President Trump, has been debunked. (Few people in malaria-prone countries are even taking such drugs, said

Genevieve Peters (right) speaks about COVID-19 and masks while Amber Lynn Gilles watches at a mask burning event. Photo by Chris Stone

She likened Americans obeying mask rules to Jews following Nazi edicts amid the Holocaust.

“When people (say) I’m not being kind and … thoughtful — I might as well get on that train in Germany as well,” she said before leading a chant of “Do not comply, do not comply.”

Peters was followed by Joshua Coleman, who contends his 6-year-old son Otto was partially paralyzed after receiving vaccinations when he was 17 months old.

Coleman’s overriding concern was that “adult mandatory vaccination is coming.”

Next was Orange County’s Carmen Estel, whose website calls her “a Holy Fire Reiki Master Practitioner” who channels healing methods from Jesus and angels.

Estel was adamant: “You cannot be living in faith if you’re living in fear” of the virus. “I am not dying in my time. I am dying in God’s time. … If God wants me to die of the virus, I will die of the virus.”

She said darkness can exist only in the absence of light.

“So when it comes to [Gov. Gavin] Newsom, all we have to do is keep shining a light on that dark mother-effer,” she said, pausing before the near-vulgarity.

Estel said nobody sees anyone dying of COVID. She seemed to backtrack a moment later.

“Everybody is clued in now. This isn’t really happening,” she said at sunset. “The hospitals are empty. Nurses are furloughed. Have you all noticed this?”

Three rappers, including an apparently married couple, performed for 10 minutes, followed by Estel handing the brand-new face masks out of a box, offering marker pens to inscribe notes before the roasting.

A prayer ended the event just before 8:30 p.m. Everyone held hands.

‘Tools of Terror’? New Face Masks Thrown into Fire Pit at Mission Bay Park was last modified: August 8th, 2020 by Ken Stone

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Peter from South O August 10, 2020 at 9:40 am

Selection of the fittest demonstrated here. Borrowing from the head mask-hater in charge: They will just go away.


Chris August 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm

“Said one older man, wearing a “MAGA FIGHT CLUB” shirt: “I’m ready to die for this mission” but: “First of all, we need to get Trump re-elected.”’

I know this is morally effed up for me to say, but I wouldn’t lose too much sleep if someone accommodated him on this. That being said, people like him are not going away. All we can do is individually do our part (wear the masks. socially distance, etc). Sadly tho we may have to accept our doom. Glad I don’t have kids with a future to worry about.


sealintheSelkirks August 10, 2020 at 6:06 pm

EXACTLY the same at 1918-1920 in this country. Sure does say something about that ‘exceptional’ meme that gets passed around trying to justify stupid…

Don’t know if I posted this elsewhere on the Rag:

Biden Can’t Save America

America is 40% total asshole, and the states have gone feral



Paul Webb August 10, 2020 at 6:07 pm

Candidates for the Darwin Awards!


unwashedWalmartThong August 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

When the book-burning events begin, what shall we do?


tld August 11, 2020 at 12:21 am



thequeenisalizard August 11, 2020 at 8:47 am

All this time I thought people knew how dangerous in-breeding was.
There is a great need to mandate vasectomies and sterilization for anyone that attends these gatherings.


thequeenisalizard August 11, 2020 at 8:53 am

We should start a Go Fund Me to offer to pay someone that is infected to cough in her face. I know I can come up with a few bucks for such a worthy cause. They should also be dressed as God.


Peter from South O August 11, 2020 at 9:15 am

Well, they have fenced off Vet’s Park and Jen is going to hold a news conference at 1PM.
Now, if they could just fence off Sunset Cliffs, the problem would be solved! (not)


sealintheSelkirks August 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Remember Chris, Covid 19 CAN cure stupid. That’s probably an even more horrible thing to say, yes? The problem with that very obvious solution is that they take a bunch of other people, who are not, with them even if they only have what is euphemistically considered a ‘mild’ case of which I’ve written about on earlier RAG SARS-CoV 19 posts. Kind of a down side, ya know, when somebody can be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and kills other people because they feels it’s their right to get people sick. That’s…sick!

So, does anybody want to talk about that health card crap if you want to work in restaurant? We have ‘Right to Work’ laws so let’s burn those, too. And there are those NO SHIRT NO SHOES NO SERVICE signs! Is that some kind of secret librrl code for taking our rights away, too? Best start yanking those down and burning them with those healthy cards I should think.

And then there are those seriously anti-freedom types trying to take away a woman’s right to make reproductive decisions because, as that picture above shows, Peter’s shirt with ‘MY BODY’ in very large letters printed…but I wonder how she feels about that right, eh? Oh yeah, only SOME people’s right. This all certainly brings to mind Orwell’s Animal Farm, doesn’t it?

And about this praying thing in the article…what’s up with that?And Peter’s “When they are infectious, she declared, “God gave us our immune system.” Wow. What does someone say to something like that?

I have a local friend who says that if she catches it, it is god’s will though she is requiring a mask to shop in her retail store. Big sign on the door, and she does stop people. Funny that she has five stints in her heart from having five heart attacks. Seems to me that god has tried five times to call her back and she keeps refusing to listen…



Chris Bowd August 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Sounds entertainingly pathetic. Sorry I missed it.


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