'Very close to child abuse': Doctor attacks protest where parents force children to burn masks
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Over the weekend a protest outside the Idaho state capitol drew groups of anti-maskers and "anti-vaxxers" some of whom turned their children over to a trashcan fire where they could burn their masks.

"No masks, no mandates. Our face, our mind," said one of the signs, according to photos and videos posted by Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Sergio Olmos.

The incident was so disturbing to one doctor that he compared it to child abuse.

"Anyone who has ever run in a race knows you don't walk across the finish line," said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a CNN medical analyst. "You run across the finish line. That's what we have to do now. We've gotten to where we are now where we can legitimately look forward to putting this pandemic away finally because more people than ever have been wearing masks and socially distancing. And now getting vaccinated. And to see this sort of breakdown and the kind of things that have finally gotten us here is disappointing. I see people in the clinic every week with high blood pressure, high cholesterol. When their numbers get better, they ask if they can stop their medications. I say no, their numbers are better because they're on the medication. We're doing better because we're wearing masks. I look at the pictures of the kids wearing masks into that fire, to me, it looks very close to child abuse."

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