Several protesters demonstrating against coronavirus vaccine mandates in New York City restaurants were arrested Friday night after refusing to leave an Olive Garden location in Times Square, according to videos posted to social media.
“This is the civil rights movement again!” one man shouted while handcuffed, a video by independent journalist @ScooterCasterNY showed.
In another video the journalist posted, protesters heard “USA!” chanted. and sing the national anthem before their arrests.
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It is not clear how many protesters have been arrested. The NYPD has not publicly commented on the arrests. There were no reports of vandalism during the protest.
In New York City, a vaccination certificate is required to dine at a restaurant.
The protesters stayed in the Olive Garden for two hours and refused to leave, forcing the restaurant, which normally stays open until midnight, to close early, according to @ScooterCasterNY.
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Police allegedly told protesters to leave or be arrested.
“Victorious, we shut them down,” one of the protesters can be heard telling the camera.