Last Saturday, nearly 1,000 people gathered in Times Square for the ‘Broadway Rally for Freedom’.
Protesters who rallied in Times Square last weekend against the city’s vaccine mandate will hold a demonstration this Sunday in support of Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets, who has opted not to have a COVID vaccine.
Joe Rose, who was at the rally in Times Square and will attend Irving’s performance, told Granthshala News that they would start at Commodore Battery Park and march to Barclays Center before the opening game for the Nets. Irving is not eligible to play home games in Brooklyn due to the New York City mandate.
One of the organisers, John Maitland, told Granthshala News that he expects several thousand attendees.
Maitland described the growing movement as a “widely diverse group”, uniting under the goal of preventing what they perceive as an infringement on their individual liberties.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered in Times Square for a “Broadway Rally for Freedom” last Saturday to protest the city’s stringent vaccine mandate.
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Participants held signs demanding “No Mandates… My Body, My Choice” and another “Equal Rights for Waxed” and “Unwaxed”.
Speakers included the commentary skeptic, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.
“We have no business giving it to young children,” Kennedy told the crowd. “It’s unethical, it’s medical malpractice.”
Facebook banned Kennedy Jr.’s Instagram page expressed doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine on his post earlier this year.
New York City residents and visitors are required to show proof of vaccination for indoor meals, gyms, and shows.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called the city the first in the country to take this approach. The city introduced the policy – dubbed “Key to NYC” – on August 16 and began implementing it on September 13.
Saturday’s “Broadway Rally for Freedom” Comes Before De Blasio’s Wednesday count The city’s municipal workers have until October 29 for their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine or will potentially lose their jobs.
According to official estimates, the rule covers 160,500 workers, of whom about 71% have been partially or fully vaccinated.
Maitland told Granthshala News that the rallies he helps organize are intended to show the world, “We want our rights back, we don’t want to be treated like second-class citizens.”
Granthshala News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.