Hundreds of protesters stormed Times Square in New York City to protest the arrests of three Texas women who fought with a hostess over their vaccine status.
Hundreds of maskless New Yorkers flooded Times Square to demonstrate against vaccine mandates.
Many carried signs comparing the vaccine programs to genocide. One woman carried a sign comparing vaccination to the murders of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Others carried the American flag and signage that read "We are NOT your lab rats", "Walk by Faith, Not by Fear" and "Freedom Over Fear."
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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an order forcing restaurants to follow vaccine mandates.
A recent investigation found that 11 out of 14 NYC restaurants were not enforcing the mandates.
But a hostess at Carmine's on the Upper West Side stopped the Texas women and demanded their vaccination cards last week.
After the women showed their cards, two males who were with the women said they left their cards behind at the hotel.
That's when the brawl erupted between the women and the 24-year-old Asian hostess.
Carmine’s on the UWS says a hostess was assaulted after asking a group for proof of Covid vaccine to eat inside. “It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job - as required by city policies...” @NBCNewYork after football. pic.twitter.com/xrqZoNm74R
— Adam Harding (@HardingReports) September 17, 2021
The attorney representing the three Texas women says they were racially profiled.
"This hostess clearly has some anger management issues and unfortunately her aggression and her violence led to something that three Black women are being punished for," Texas civil rights lawyer Justin Moore told the NY Daily News.
A lawyer for Carmine's vigorously denied the Texas womens' accusations.
"Any claim that they were racially profiled is a complete fabrication, disingenuous, and outright irresponsible," said attorney Carolyn Richmond.
Another protest is planned by Black Lives Matter outside the restaurant on Monday, Sept. 20.