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Anti-mask and pro-mask protesters on the Horseshoe

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The Carolina Socialists stand behind a USC Turning Point USA chapter representative at the podium on Greene Street with signs, and one flips off Turning Point USA members. Turning Point USA protested the reinstated mask mandate, and Carolina Socialists counterprotested its demands to lift the mask mandate.

The Carolina Socialists stand behind a USC Turning Point USA chapter representative at the podium on Greene Street with signs, and one flips off Turning Point USA members. Turning Point USA protested the reinstated mask mandate, and Carolina Socialists counterprotested its demands to lift the mask mandate.

John Hladun (center), student body senator for the Darla Moore School of Business, on the Horseshoe holding a "MASK FREE USC" poster. The protest came after interim president Harris Pastides reinstated the mask mandate on campus.

John Hladun (center), student body senator for the Darla Moore School of Business, on the Horseshoe holding a "MASK FREE USC" poster. The protest came after interim president Harris Pastides reinstated the mask mandate on campus.

Two members of Carolina Socialists stand on the Horseshoe, holding signs while a member of the USC Turning Point USA chapter stands behind them with an anti-mask poster. Turning Point USA protested the mask mandate outside the President's House, and the Carolina Socialists counterprotested the anti-mask messages.

Two members of Carolina Socialists stand on the Horseshoe, holding signs while a member of the USC Turning Point USA chapter stands behind them with an anti-mask poster. Turning Point USA protested the mask mandate outside the President's House, and the Carolina Socialists counterprotested the anti-mask messages.

The USC Turning Point USA chapter members and members of the Carolina Socialists debate on the Horseshoe on their stances of the mask mandate. The mask mandate was put in place by interim president Harris Pastides on Aug. 18, 2021.

The USC Turning Point USA chapter members and members of the Carolina Socialists debate on the Horseshoe on their stances of the mask mandate. The mask mandate was put in place by interim president Harris Pastides on Aug. 18, 2021.

Mask mandate protestors cheer, and one raises their fist in the air in support of Student Government representative John Hladun’s brief speech to the crowd. Turning Point USA protested the mask mandate on Greene Street, and the Carolina Socialists counterprotested its demands to lift the mask mandate.  

Mask mandate protestors cheer, and one raises their fist in the air in support of Student Government representative John Hladun’s brief speech to the crowd. Turning Point USA protested the mask mandate on Greene Street, and the Carolina Socialists counterprotested its demands to lift the mask mandate.  

Bystanders take photos and videos of the USC Turning Point USA chapter on Greene Street as its members give speeches on the chapter's stance on the mask mandate. The Carolina Socialists counterprotested the speakers with their own opinions on the mask mandate.

Bystanders take photos and videos of the USC Turning Point USA chapter on Greene Street as its members give speeches on the chapter's stance on the mask mandate. The Carolina Socialists counterprotested the speakers with their own opinions on the mask mandate.

Members of USC's Turning Point USA chapter and the Carolina Socialists stop debating to wave, give thumbs up and present their signs. The USC chapter of Turning Point USA held a protest on the Horseshoe to denounce the recently reinstated mask mandate at the university, and the Carolina Socialists counterprotested.

Members of USC's Turning Point USA chapter and the Carolina Socialists stop debating to wave, give thumbs up and present their signs. The USC chapter of Turning Point USA held a protest on the Horseshoe to denounce the recently reinstated mask mandate at the university, and the Carolina Socialists counterprotested.

Members of the USC Turning Point USA chapter on Greene Street give speeches on their stance on the mask mandate. The Carolina Socialists counterprotested the speakers with their own opinions. 

Members of the USC Turning Point USA chapter on Greene Street give speeches on their stance on the mask mandate. The Carolina Socialists counterprotested the speakers with their own opinions. 

Members of the USC chapter of Turning Point USA pose with their signs on the Horseshoe after their protest. Turning Point USA’s protest was in response to the university's mask mandate and included Student Government senators John Hladun and Matt Harris.

Members of the USC chapter of Turning Point USA pose with their signs on the Horseshoe after their protest. Turning Point USA’s protest was in response to the university's mask mandate and included Student Government senators John Hladun and Matt Harris.

Posters carried by USC Turning Point USA protesters on the bricks of the Horseshoe outside of the President's House. The group was protesting the mask mandate put in place by interim president Harris Pastides.

Posters carried by USC Turning Point USA protesters on the bricks of the Horseshoe outside of the President's House. The group was protesting the mask mandate put in place by interim president Harris Pastides.