Some participants wore T-shirts or carried signs saying “My body, my choice”, “Freedom from fear” and “De Blasio is the virus”.
A truck with an electronic notice board was displaying questionable messages such as “COVID-19 vaccines can cause injury and death.”
“It means standing up for our freedom and our indivisible rights, coming together as a group and letting us know that we are not alone,” said Brett Copp, 56, a municipal worker from Staten Island who came to the Rally for Freedom. at 41st Street and Broadway.
At one point, the crowd chanted “I’m with Kyrie Irving,” the unvaccinated Nets player who was banned from playing until he got stung.
Anti-vaccine Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of Children’s Health Defense, addressed the crowd of around 900 and said: “The vaccine is neither safe nor effective.” .
“We don’t have to give this to little children. It’s unethical, it’s medical malpractice, ”Kennedy said.
YouTube recently pulled the Children Health Defense channel, saying it cracked down on content containing false vaccine claims. Instagram previously removed Kennedy’s account.