Protesters gathered at a Staten Island food court on Saturday to protest New York City’s mandate requiring residents to show proof of vaccination to dine at restaurants.
A video shot by freelance reporter Oliya Scootercaster shows a diverse crowd of maskless people crammed into a food court at Staten Island Mall.
Many can be seen wearing Trump’s paraphernalia. A man waves an American flag as the crowd chants: “USA! USA!
“Everyone, go eat! That’s what we’re here for!” shouts one of the demonstrators.
Once seated in the dining room, the crowd chants: “F — Joe Biden! “and” My body! My choice!”
“We shouldn’t carry papers and show papers because we live in America. We are the land of the free,” protester said Recount Scootercaster in an interview.
“I don’t like experiences”, an American flag flickers Recount Scootercaster. “What happened to ‘my body, my choice?'”
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Residents and visitors to New York City are required to show proof of vaccination for indoor meals, gyms, and shows.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has touted the city as the first in the country to take this approach. The city launched the policy – dubbed the “Key to New York” – on August 16 and began implementing it on September 13.
Scootercaster posted a follow-up video on Sunday berating the reporting on its early videos. She said the crowd had not made it through security, as some media reported.
She said protesters were not asked to show vaccination cards, despite a sign at the entrance stating her requirement.
John Matland, 36, who organized the protest and runs the “We the People are the News” Instagram page, told Fox News that the purpose of the protest was to show people that the vaccine’s mandate is not applied.
“There were many levels to what we were doing,” said Matland. “We were stimulating the economy of the mall, people would go shopping after if they wanted. But, more specifically, the food court would receive an influx of money and support. We would prove that you couldn’t. enforce that and there’s no legal possibility to do that. And we show that if people came in, sat down, they wouldn’t really be arrested. We weren’t. ”
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Fox News has contacted Brookfield Properties, owner of Staten Island Mall, and will update accordingly.
Brooke Lewis of Fox Business contributed to this report.