"Defeat the Mandates" activists gather in DC

Anti-mandate activists from around the country were in D.C. Sunday for the "Defeat the Mandates" rally.

The group planned a march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial to oppose vaccine mandates.

Organizers say they are gathering together in peace and solidarity for the preservation of personal sovereignty and to stop medical coercion, discrimination and mandates.

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Attendees met at the Washington Monument before marching towards the Lincoln Memorial. At the memorial, musical performances and a series of speakers took the stage. The featured speakers were anti-mandate leaders, doctors, and civil rights activists and attorneys. Notable names include Bret Weinstein, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Dr. Robert Malone.

More than 6,000 federal workers along with first responders were expected to attend the rally as well.

In preparation for the rally, police in D.C. closed several roads including 17th Street between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue.