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8 people arrested at protest against coronavirus shutdown in Southern California

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SAN CLEMENTE — Authorities said eight people were arrested Thursday at a demonstration in Southern California against the state's orders limiting activities because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said the arrests occurred during a protest near the pier in San Clemente that drew as many as 200 people.

Those arrested are being investigated for activities including vandalism and trespassing, the department said in a social media post.

Carrie Braun, a department spokeswoman, said demonstrators have rallied in San Clemente for several weeks without incident against the governor's orders, which are intended to slow the spread of the virus.

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