Anti-vaccine protesters arrested in New York during organized ‘sit-in’ at Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s
Six men at a Cheesecake Factory and four people at an Applebee’s in a mall in Queens were arrested Tuesday evening during a “sit-in” to protest against indoor dining coronavirus vaccine mandates in New York City, according to multiple reports.
A group of protesters entered the Cheesecake Factory and refused to show proof of vaccination when a restaurant employee asked them to do so, as mandated by the city, reported the local outlet The Queen’s Eagle.
The men breezed past the host stand and seated themselves in violation of the mandate. They were asked to leave, and when they refused, the restaurant called the police.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) responded to the scene, and when police told the protesters to leave they refused, according to the Eagle. NYPD then arrested six of about 30 people who were in the group and charged them with criminal trespassing.
One of the anti-vaccine protestors compared the NYPD to “Nazis,” and said, “we’re going to sue every last one of these motherf—ers,” while also comparing the vaccine mandate to historic “segregation.”
One of the people arrested compared the police to Nazis. An antivaxxer responds, “we’re going to sue every last one of these MFers.” Others claim this is “discrimination” and “segregation” as the trespassers are loaded into an NYPD vehicle. pic.twitter.com/vkp6w34VLA
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People in the protest claimed that they were being “discriminated,” against, according to The Eagle.
One bartender reportedly said that he would serve them, but his superiors told him not to and an anti-vaccine protestor replied, “The Nazis were just following orders.”
The protest was seemingly organized by an anti-vaccination group on Instagram called “New York Freedom Rally.”
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