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Wearing a mask: the mayor of Atlanta prosecuted by her governor

(Washington) The governor of the US state of Georgia lodged a complaint Thursday against the mayor of his capital, Atlanta, for having notably imposed the wearing of a mask in his city.

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At the end of last week, Atlanta’s Democratic mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms decided to suspend the deconfinement process in her city by imposing the wearing of a mask and announcing the closure of non-essential businesses.

Abuse of power according to the Republican Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp, who filed a complaint against her.

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The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp

“Governor Kemp must be able, as the executive director of this state, to be responsible for health emergencies without Mayor Bottoms issuing null and void decrees which only serve to confuse the public”, pleads the complaint filed in court.

“This complaint is on behalf of the entrepreneurs and their employees who are fighting to survive in these difficult times,” the governor said on Twitter.

“3104 Georgians are dead and I and my family are among the 106 00 0 who tested positive for COVID- 19. Meanwhile I have been sued by Governor Kemp for wearing a face mask, “said Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose name has been suggested as possible running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Like President Donald Trump, many elected Republicans do not want to make the wearing of the mask compulsory, while its usefulness is now clearly established by scientists and health agencies. The state of Georgia only recommends it, but does not impose it.

Donald Trump went to the airport of Atlanta, the largest in the country, on Wednesday and was accused by the mayor of “breaking the law of the city” when he was seen without a mask during her visit.

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