Thousands of city employees protested on Monday against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tyrannical vaccine mandate. The massive protest included FDNY and NYPD employees, who lag behind the general population in vaccination rates.
The New York City Police Department estimated the size of the throng to be about 5,000 strong, as protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge into Lower Manhattan.
They've made it into #LowerManhattan!
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‘HOLD THE LINE’ – Thousands of NYPD, FDNY & other city workers march across Brooklyn Bridge in protest of city’s vaccine mandate
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As of last week, 71 percent of NYC employees had reportedly had at least one shot of the covid-19 vaccine, including 69 percent of NYPD workers and 60 percent of FDNY workers.
Thousands of city workers will be placed on unpaid leave unless the submit to being injected with the experimental vaccines by Friday.
“It’s time now. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, you’ll be put on unpaid leave. Well, the vast majority of human beings go to work to get paid. And also, I think for a lot of our first responders, there’s a calling. They believe in the work, they care about the work. Those two factors I think are going to cause the vast majority to get vaccinated,” de Blasio said.
Protesters held hand made signs with anti-mandate messages, such as: “My body, my choice,” “In God We Trust,” “No forced Vax,” “Coercion is not consent,” “We tested positive for freedom, and “Danger: You are being conditioned to view your freedom as selfish.” Protesters also held signs reading “F—k Joe Biden,” and “Let’s go Brandon.”
The crowd chanted the viral anti-Biden slogans “Let’s go Brandon” and “f—k Joe Biden” with gusto.
HAPPENING NOW – Thousands of city workers including FDNY and NYPD are protesting against New York City Mayor's vaccine mandate, chant 'Let's Go Brandon' pic.twitter.com/4sOhDz9qdT
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) October 25, 2021
Protestors in Brooklyn city showing with "F Joe Biden" playcards are marching towards City Hall. pic.twitter.com/1fiRR69WfT
— 🧢מאק (@beingrealmac) October 25, 2021
"F Joe Biden" Chant thousands of municipal workers, FDNY, EMS, SDNY, as they march across Brooklyn Bridge to stop mandates pic.twitter.com/kxN7Pd3KM8
— Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) October 25, 2021
Big turnout at @FDNY HQ by firefighters opposed to @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio ‘s vaccine mandate for municipal workers, which goes into effect in a week. He’s standing by his order, but these protesters say they’ll force him to send them home when the order takes effect. @PIX11News pic.twitter.com/eIYmmgTzWQ
— James Ford (@jamesfordtv) October 25, 2021
Protesters also chanted “hold the line!”
At the protest against the held by #NYPD #FDNY #NYSD and many other city workers. Definitely a few thousand people at this protest in Brooklyn NY
They chant " HOLD THE LINE "#mondaythoughts #NEWS pic.twitter.com/u9PC6sED6x
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) October 25, 2021
— John Dias (@JohnBDias) October 25, 2021
NYPD Police, FDNY fire, and FDNY EMS .. against NYC’s new Vaxxine mandates.. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Nothin But Rippin (@NothinButRippin) October 25, 2021
Crowd is massive for today's protest against DeBlasio's vaccine mandate. pic.twitter.com/JmTmCtP3jY
— Gavin Mario Wax 🇺🇸 (@GavinWax) October 25, 2021
NYC Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who was at the protest, told ABC7 that he is against the mandates.
“I think especially these draconian measures that all civil servants have to be vaccinated or they get fired, we already don’t have enough cops, we don’t have enough correction officers, we don’t have enough health care workers, we don’t have enough teachers,” Sliwa told Eyewitness News. “So, who’s getting hurt by all of us, obviously, students, citizens, people who need services. Stop this nonsense, and the mandate.”
Monday’s demonstration follows a protest Sunday night at the Barclay’s Center in support of Kyrie Irving.
A crowd of people rallied as the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Charlotte Hornets at their home opener without their point guard.
At one point the protest turned violent when some demonstrators tried to break into the arena, clashing with security and police.
Irving has refused to get vaccinated. As a result, he’s not getting paid.
Happening in Brooklyn right now: Anti-vaxxers have broken down barriers at the “Stand with Kyrie Irving” protest at the Barclays Center
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 24, 2021