Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protesters Flip COVID Testing Tent in New York

A protest in New York Metropolis Monday towards COVID-19 vaccine mandates turned violent because the group made its means throughout the town.



People are seen marching as they protest a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Department of Education teachers and employees on October 04, 2021 in New York City. While Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has stated that 95 percent of DOE employees have already been vaccinated, it was estimated that up to 8000 people would be unable to return to work.


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Individuals are seen marching as they protest a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Division of Training academics and workers on October 04, 2021 in New York Metropolis. Whereas Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s workplace has said that 95 p.c of DOE workers have already been vaccinated, it was estimated that as much as 8000 individuals could be unable to return to work.

The occasion started in Brooklyn on the headquarters of the New York Metropolis Division of Training (DOE). The DOE’s current worker mandate gave academics till this previous Friday to obtain not less than one dose of a COVID vaccine, or else they might not be allowed to return to work. Impartial reporter Brendan Gutenschwager captured footage of the occasions as they unfolded.

It was estimated that as much as 8,000 DOE workers could be out of a job because of refusing the vaccine. This quantity represents the minority, although, as Danielle Filson, press secretary for New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, mentioned on Twitter that 95 p.c of DOE employees have been vaccinated.

Because the protests continued, the big group then made its means throughout the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, many carrying anti-vaccine indicators and banners. As they made their means by way of the town, many may very well be heard chanting phrases like “get up New York” and “We the individuals is not going to comply”. The protesters may be seen jeering at restaurant diners and leaving them stickers and indicators. Below a brand new city-wide mandate, patrons should present proof of vaccination to be able to dine indoors.

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From there, the protest started to get violent, as marchers started to knock over varied out of doors furnishings. Footage exhibits the group ended up at Union Sq., the place protesters descended upon a cellular COVID testing unit, flipping its tent the wrong way up and knocking over tables and chairs. Police have been in a position to proper the tent and tables.

After these incidents, the gang saved shifting throughout Manhattan and finally ended up on the workplace of the Australian consulate in New York. Australia has been well-publicized for having a few of the most stringent COVID lockdowns on the planet. Whereas circumstances throughout that nation are rising, the nation has solely reported 1,346 deaths from the coronavirus.

Because the protesters gathered exterior of the consulate constructing, some may very well be seen with each American and Australian flags. One marcher with a megaphone was heard addressing the gang, stating that “[the protesters] have a lot free time now, and we’re gonna be at colleges, and we’re gonna be handing out flyers to the mother and father.” It didn’t seem that anybody from the consulate’s workplace communicated with the marchers.

Newsweek has reached out to the Australian consulate in New York Metropolis for remark.

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