Dozens of New Yorkers Stage Anti-Vaccine Protest at a Food Court Chanting F**k Joe Biden
Videos show around 50 people flooding the area without meeting resistance from security. Some individuals carried American flags or dressed in clothes featuring stars and stripes. A man and a woman, the purported leaders of the protest, called on demonstrators to grab some food and sit at the court "as long as we like".
The video then cuts to the moment where protesters are sitting at the tables and chanting "USA" before yelling "F**k Joe Biden". The demonstrators also chanted "my body, my rules", "freedom", and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
New York has become the first major city to introduce a policy requiring individuals show proof of vaccination against the novel coronavirus to participate in indoor activities. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the measure will keep New York "safe".
If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 3, 2021
You’ll need proof of #COVID19 vaccination for indoor dining, indoor gyms, and indoor concerts and performances in New York City. This is a lifesaving mandate to keep our city safe. https://t.co/hIK99Z8M8A
According to local media, the women were charged with criminal assault and criminal mischief. A lawyer for one of the women, however, insists that the fight started after the hostess used a racial slur (purportedly the N-word).
Carmine's released a statement categorically rejecting the accusation of racism.