Saturday, October 16, 2021

Thousands crowd at ‘Freedom Rally’ in New York City to protest vaccine passports

Manhattan, New York – Thousands gathered near Manhattan’s Central Park on Saturday to express dissatisfaction with the vaccine mandate and passport requirements implemented in the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month.

New York City began implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Monday, with de Blasio warning there would be “consequences” for those not following the rules.

The mandate requires establishments to put up certain signage and verify customers’ COVID-19 vaccine evidence, such as vaccination records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City, other official vaccination records, issued by NYC COVID Vaccination card. Secure App, or Excelsior Pass.

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Participants at the Independence Rally in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle on September 18, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

Participants first gathered in Columbus Circle and then headed to Times Square, led by one of the speakers, Joe Rose.

“If you have taken the vaccine, I love you. It is not against you, we are pro-independence,” she announced to passersby.

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Joe Rose at the Independence rally in Columbus Circle in Manhattan on September 18, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

Participants chanted “My body, my choice,” “No vaccine passport,” and “Freedom over fear!” Slogans.

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Freedom rally participants march to Times Square in Manhattan on September 18, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

At the rally in Times Square, people spoke of standing up for their rights and against tyranny.

Among the diverse group of speakers, themes of unity and freedom were often brought up.

One speaker said, “The only thing that brings us all together, different groups, different types, is our stand against tyranny. We stand up when they try to take away our freedom.

Another said, ‘Don’t use this as a political front. I don’t care about Biden. I don’t care about Trump. I don’t care if you’re a Republican. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat. I don’t care if you are black, yellow, white, purple. I don’t care if you are Christian, Muslim, Gay, Straight. I do not care. This is a human issue and it should be brought together by all of us.”

A crowd gathered in response.

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Participants at the independence rally in Manhattan’s Times Square on September 18, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

Artist Tessa Lena also spoke at the rally: “It’s not even about those injections, it’s about setting up a system for artificial immunity.” She said how “we are people of love, we are going to win with love.”

Mayoral candidate Bill Pepitone also spoke at the rally: “We have a president and a so-called mayor telling us we can’t go to work, we can’t feed our family. Our police officers cannot protect us unless they comply. Our firefighters can’t protect us, unless they comply… Our health care workers, they can’t save lives unless they comply. He then prompted the crowd to chant, “We will not comply.”

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Speaker Kevin Jenkins said, “It’s about the essence of what God has given us, and it’s power to be free. … It’s about the power of love that allows us to win this battle.” will give.”

Jenkins compared vaccine segregation to racial segregation in the 1960s. “Sixty years ago, I couldn’t walk into a restaurant because they said I was unclean… Now they’re telling us we’re unclean again, not just black people, not Latino people, but all of us. We have to unite beyond race and love each other as human beings.”

He urged people to patronize only those restaurants that support freedom.

“When they don’t ask you for your humanity, you don’t ask them for their business.”

Mary Josephine Janeiroso, manager of Pasticeria Rocco Bakery in Brooklyn, said she would not discriminate against customers by requiring proof of vaccinations, defying a mandate the mayor has enforced. The business has made signs announcing its policy to customers.

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Mary Josephine Janeiroso, manager of Pasticeria Rocco Bakery in Brooklyn, at the independence rally in Times Square on September 18, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

“I heard de Blasio speak, and immediately we made the sign that said ‘We don’t discriminate.’ There is not a single bone in my body that would allow me to discriminate against anyone for any reason on any day of the year.”

He called de Blasio “New York City’s greatest integrator” because he has brought us all together for a cause.

“I am taking this stand against the vaccine mandate because obviously, it is completely discriminatory. It is forcing me to segregate customers on the basis of vaccine,” she told The Epoch Times.

She also said that the mayor is forcing her to get vaccinated, even though she has natural immunity. “I’m not employed by New York City, I don’t get a paycheck from New York City, I don’t get a pension from New York City, so I don’t understand how Mayor de Blasio is able to tell me that I need to work at my own establishment. Gotta get vaccinated for it to work.”

Lee Hai contributed to this report.

Enrico Trigoso

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Enrico Trigoso is an Epoch Times reporter with a focus on the NYC area.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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