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Hundreds of supporters of ‘Freedom Convoy’ and NYC workers who face being fired over mandates march

Hundreds of supporters of Canada‘s ‘Freedom Convoy’ and New York City workers who are facing termination if not vaccinated by the end of the week marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Monday in protest of vaccine mandates. 

As protests in Canada entered the second week, their American neighbors showed their support by waving the Canada flag and carrying signs that echoed the sentiments of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ mission as they marched to protest their own mandates. 

Last week, nearly 4,000 unvaccinated municipal employees in New York City, including police officers and firefighters, were alerted that they will lose their jobs if they do not get their vaccines by Friday, January 11.

They marched from Downtown Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, to City Hall, chanting, ‘No medical tyranny, no vaccine mandates’ and ‘My body, my choice. The vaccine you will not force.’

 Hundreds of supporters of Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ and New York City workers who are facing termination if not vaccinated by the end of the week marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Monday 

Last week, nearly 4,000 unvaccinated municipal employees in New York City, including police officers and firefighters, were alerted that they will lose their jobs if they do not get their vaccines by Friday, January 11

Last week, nearly 4,000 unvaccinated municipal employees in New York City, including police officers and firefighters, were alerted that they will lose their jobs if they do not get their vaccines by Friday, January 11

They marched from Downtown Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, to City Hall, chanting, 'No medical tyranny, no vaccine mandates' and 'My body, my choice. The vaccine you will not force'

They marched from Downtown Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, to City Hall, chanting, ‘No medical tyranny, no vaccine mandates’ and ‘My body, my choice. The vaccine you will not force’

As protests in Canada entered the second week, their American neighbors showed their support by waving the Canada flag and carrying signs that echoed the sentiments of the 'Freedom Convoy' mission as they marched to protest their own mandates

As protests in Canada entered the second week, their American neighbors showed their support by waving the Canada flag and carrying signs that echoed the sentiments of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ mission as they marched to protest their own mandates

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the ultimatum is about safety and argued that city employees have had long enough to comply with the municipal workforce vaccine mandate, which took effect November 1.

‘Safety is not only to stop the bullet, a knife or some other item,’ he said last week at City Hall. ‘Safety is COVID. COVID is taking lives,’ the mayor said. ‘There must be rules, and we must follow them. The rule is to get vaccinated if you are a city employee.’ 

Protests in solidarity of Freedom Convoy have started taking shape in other Canadian cities and have even trickled down into the United States.   

Several ‘Convoy for Freedom 2022’ telegram groups by state are mentioned on Twitter, including North Carolina with 637 members, North Dakota with 120 members, Ohio with 710 members, Oklahoma with 315 members, Oregon with 451 members, Rhode Island with 151 members and Pennsylvania with the most at 1,068 members. 

Last week, Facebook removed a page used by American truckers to organize a convoy to Washington DC after GoFundMe began refunding the $8million in donations collected for a Freedom Convoy protesting Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Meta, the social media platform’s parent company, told Fox News the Convoy to DC 2022 group was removed ‘for repeatedly violating our policies around QAnon’.

A protester marches Monday a week after New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the ultimatum is about safety and argued that city employees have had long enough to comply with the municipal workforce vaccine mandate, which took effect Nov. 1

A protester marches Monday a week after New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the ultimatum is about safety and argued that city employees have had long enough to comply with the municipal workforce vaccine mandate, which took effect Nov. 1

Protests in solidarity of Freedom Convoy have started taking shape in other Canadian cities and have even trickled down into the United States

Protests in solidarity of Freedom Convoy have started taking shape in other Canadian cities and have even trickled down into the United States

People carrying a 'no medial mandate' sign march against vaccine mandates in New York City

People carrying a ‘no medial mandate’ sign march against vaccine mandates in New York City

A day after the city declared a state of emergency, the mayor pleaded for almost 2,000 extra police officers to help quell the raucous nightly demonstrations staged by the so-called Freedom Truck Convoy, which has used hundreds of parked trucks to paralyze the Canadian capital’s business district. 

 Police in Ottawa arrested seven people and opened 60 criminal investigations into ‘Freedom Convoy’ for hate crimes and mischief as they seized fuel and supplies for 1,000 vehicles Sunday. The hate crimes include an individual who urinated on the National War Memorial. One danced on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Several others carried signs and flags with swastikas.

Hours earlier, Ottawa’s mayor Jim Watson declared the state of emergency on Sunday as the cross-border truckers continued to converge in the capital city where they blocked streets, shot off fireworks and blared horns, in protest to rules requiring them be fully vaccinated to enter either Canada or the United States.

The protests have also infuriated people who live around downtown, including neighborhoods near Parliament Hill, the seat of the federal government. 

On Monday, a Canadian court granted a 10-day injunction against the truckers ordering them to stop honking their horns. The class action brought on behalf of Ottawa’s inner city residents claims that blasting air horns and train horns ‘incessantly’ was a key tactic of the protesters, ‘to cause serious discomfort and inconvenience’. 

Protesters have said they will not leave until all vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. They also called for the removal of Trudeau´s government, though it is responsible for few of the restrictive measures, most of which were put in place by provincial governments.

Prominent Republicans including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton complained after crowdfunding site GoFundMe said it would refund the vast majority of the millions of dollars raised by demonstrators.

Protesters have said they will not leave until all vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Protesters have said they will not leave until all vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The Freedom Convoy was supposed to end on January 29 but as of February 7 truckers are still dominating the downtown area of Ottawa and Toronto

The Freedom Convoy was supposed to end on January 29 but as of February 7 truckers are still dominating the downtown area of Ottawa and Toronto

Protests in Ottawa continued into a second week as hundreds of trucks from across the country packed the streets at Parliament Hill in downtown in ongoing demonstrations against Covid mandates

Protests in Ottawa continued into a second week as hundreds of trucks from across the country packed the streets at Parliament Hill in downtown in ongoing demonstrations against Covid mandates

Police in Ottawa arrested seven people and opened 60 criminal investigations into 'Freedom Convoy' for hate crimes and mischief as they seized fuel and supplies for 1,000 vehicles on Sunday

Police in Ottawa arrested seven people and opened 60 criminal investigations into ‘Freedom Convoy’ for hate crimes and mischief as they seized fuel and supplies for 1,000 vehicles on Sunday


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