Several protesters protesting against coronavirus vaccine orders in New York City restaurants were arrested on Friday evening after they refused to leave the Olive Garden location in Times Square, according to videos posted to social media.
“It’s the civil rights movement again!” A video of a freelance journalist @ScooterCasterNY showing a man shouting while handcuffed.
In another video posted by journalists, protesters chanted “USA!” And singing the national anthem before his arrest.
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It is not clear how many protesters were arrested. The NYPD has not publicly commented on the arrests. No sabotage was reported during the protest.
Vaccine proof is required in New York City to dine at a restaurant.
Protesters remained in the Olive Garden for two hours, refusing to leave, prompting the restaurant to be closed quickly, usually at midnight, according to @ScooterCasterNY.
Responding police said the protesters had to leave or they would be arrested.
“Victory, we shut them down,” one of the protesters could be heard telling the camera.