“We received news from our hotel that the local department of health … in response to an anonymous health complaint”
When something like this happens, you have to wonder if the powers that be were just looking for a reason to shut down the event.
The College Fix reports:
Conservative student journalism conference canceled after one anonymous complaint
Organizers of a conference for conservative and libertarian student journalists are scrambling to secure a new venue for their event after one anonymous complaint forced its cancellation in the city of Alexandria, Virginia.
About 72 hours before the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Collegiate Network student editors’ conference was slated to begin this weekend, Hilton was told it could not take place due to COVID health regulations, organizers said.
“We received news from our hotel that the local department of health … in response to an anonymous health complaint, someone called expressing concerns about the safety of the attendees at our conference,” John Burtka, president of the ISI, told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday.
“In response to that complaint, an eager and willing bureaucrat complied and reclassified ISI’s educational program as a social event, and all social events in the state of Virginia are limited to only 10 people, effectively canceling our student journalism conference,” he said.
Burtka said there are many other conferences being held throughout the state and ISI is willing to complying with all COVID safety regulations.
“This had nothing to do with public health,” he said. “What it had to do with is there was someone who clearly did not want this event to happen. … We are working to find another city that welcomes freedom, diversity and civil discourses for a variety of perspectives.”
The spokespersons for the city of Alexandria and the state’s county health department did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening and Thursday from The College Fix.
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