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Rally at Artis-Naples protests against COVID policy and calls on Nazi Germany

Between 35 and 40 protesters showed up to condemn new COVID-19 protocols in Artis-Naples and to try to convince a Friday night concert audience to ask for their money back.

They didn’t have much of an audience to convince. The Naples Philharmonic event, “Music of Baseball,” was a one-time shoulder season concert, with a program announced just 10 days before the show. The adjacent Wells Fargo lot filling up for Masterworks concerts and Broadway shows was less than a quarter full by 7:45 PM.

The protest, sponsored by the Conservative Christians of Southwest Florida group, had largely political and philosophical undertones. Carrying placards saying “Forced injections = Marxism” and “There is medical apartheid,” the crowd listened to a member holding a megaphone mimicking a German Gestapo order to get tested or vaccinated.

About 40 demonstrators appeared outside Artis-Naples on Friday evening.

The comparison to Nazi Germany of World War II was a recurring theme: “Artis-Naples, show papers. Mach Schnell (make it fast)!” read one.

Multiple times, “Florida for Trump” and “Latinos for Trump” banners were waved at passing traffic on Pelican Bay Boulevard.

Ariel Martinez, of Cape Coral, the organizer behind the protest, acknowledged that the protest was primarily philosophical. Martinez, chairman of the Lee County Branch of Conservative Christians of Southwest Florida, said he had been asked to participate in the Collier County event because of his previous success organizing Cubans for Trump in Miami.

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